Posted by: Cindi | 2019/07/04


Am I the only person with an iron allergy?

Years ago after the birth of my middle child I needed a blood transfusion and they also attached an Iron drip with it. As soon as the iron reached my blood I started with lower back spasms which then went up my back to my neck and then my throat started swelling closed. The nurses immediately removed the drips and injected me with what I can only guess was an antihistamine. Now and then since then if I try take a multivitamin with Iron or eat a lot of iron rich food I feel that pain coming back and just treat it with over the counter antihistamines and then I stop the intake of iron and all fine. But forever I am told by doctors that I am anemic and I have all the symptoms of iron deficiency so what do I do? Is this a known allergy because I do not find any information of it on the web?

Expert's Reply


Allergy expert
- 2019/07/04

Iron allergy is known to occur with the iron injections and can be a dangerous allergy. The iron in tablets doesn't usually cause allergies, but this is still a possibility. Ferrous fumarate is usually the best tolerated iron tablet. But always be careful with any iron supplement if there is a history of iron allergy.

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