Updated 17 February 2013

Symptoms of anaemia

The most common symptoms of anaemia.

The most common symptom of anaemia is fatigue. Other signs and symptoms include
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Coldness in the hands and feet
  • Pale skin
  • Chest pain
  • Arrhythmias

Mild to moderate anaemia may cause very mild symptoms or none at all.

Reviewed by Drs Natasha Sewpersad and Yasmin Goga, Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, and Sunil Soni, Chairperson: South African Thalassaemia Association, June 2010

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