Our expert says:
Having iron deficiency means that there is not enough iron in your blood which causes a condition called anaemia. Unless you have had a HIV-test and it has come back positive, indicating that you have HIV-antibodies in your blood, then you are not HIV-positive. To treat the iron deficiency, I trust that your dr has put you on a course of FeroFolic (an iron anf folic acid supplement), which you will need to take for at least 3 months as it takes a long time to replenish the iron stores of the body. Foods that are rich in iron include meat, liver, fish, egg yolk, fortified breakfast cereals and dried fruit. You also need plenty of vitamin C which is found in citrus fruits, pawpaw, strawberries, spanspek and Kiwi fruit. The bloating can also be due to lack of enzymes in the digestive tract, food allergy, irritable bowel syndrome, etc. Products like Ulsanic or Maalox help to prevent winds, but you should take them in between meals to prevent them interfering with iron absorption. I would return to the dr and ask for more tests, although the problem may improve if your anaemia clears up.
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