Another Cause of Dry Mouth: Anemia

Those of us who suffer from dry mouth know the usual causes: diabetes, radiation therapy, medications and Sjogren’s Syndrome. A recent story in the Derby Telegraph offered up another: anemia, or more precisely iron deficiency anemia.

Iron deficiency anemia is caused by a lack or iron which ultimately leads to a reduction in blood cells, according to the Derby Telegraph story. An estimated 4 million people in the United Kingdom suffer from it.

Dry Mouth and Anemia

In general, people suffering from iron-deficiency anemia feel a lack of overall energy, weakness and dizziness. “In severe cases, shortness of breath, a pale complexion, brittle or dry nails and a sore and dry mouth and gums may develop,” Dr, Davina Deniszcyc, GP, the medical director at Nuffield Health, told the Derby Telegraph. Women are more likely to develop this kind of anemia. The condition can be diagnosed with a blood test and treated with iron supplements.

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