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How to improve low ferritin levels in a 29-year-old adult recovering from COVID-19?

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Published At September 26, 2022
Reviewed AtJune 22, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am 29 years old, and my serum ferritin levels are very low, around 5 ng/ml, hemoglobin is 11.9 g/dl, RBC is 4.1 million, and PCV is less than 33 %. I tested positive for COVID a few days ago, and now it is negative. However, 21 days are complete, but still, I feel weak. My other blood reports and X-rays are normal. I have taken multivitamins, but my ferritin levels are still not improving. Please suggest me a syrup or medication to improve my ferritin levels. Additionally, I have not felt hungry in a long time. So, kindly suggest a medication to improve my appetite and iron deficiency.

Thank you.

Answered by Dr. Arul Amuthan L

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I went through your query and understood your concern.

The low serum ferritin levels may cause extreme tiredness and low energy levels due to the low oxygen-carrying ability of the blood. The liver should also be strengthened to improve the digestive and blood systems. So, I suggest you to take these Siddha medicines mentioned below,

1. Take Kadukkai tablets (Haritaki, black pepper) 200, two tablets in the morning, afternoon, and at night after food. This is to improve liver function and iron levels.

2. Take Pancha Deepakkini Chooranam tablets (Ginger, Long pepper, Cardamom) 200 (two tablets in the morning, afternoon, and at night after food). This is to improve digestion.

3. Take Amukkara Chooranam tablets (Milagu (Black pepper), Thippili (Long pepper), Chukku (Dry ginger)), two in the morning and two at night after food. This is to improve health for post-COVID (Corona virus disease 2019) complications.

Also, I suggest you follow the instructions mentioned below,

1. Use garlic and ginger and spices like cumin and black pepper while cooking to promote digestion.

2. Always drink warm water.

3. Drink pomegranate juice and eat dry grapes daily.

Kindly consult a specialist, talk with them, and take the medications with their consent. Please continue the above therapy for three months and check the ferritin levels, which would have increased. You will feel your health condition has improved within one week of therapy.

I hope this helps you out.

Kindly follow up if you have further queries.

Thank you.

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

Thank you for your reply.

In the medications mentioned above, which tablet is the iron supplement? Along with this, can I take multivitamins?

Please reply.

Answered by Dr. Arul Amuthan L

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Kadukkai tablets are an herbal-based iron supplement. Along with these Siddha drugs, other vitamin or iron supplements can be taken. There are no issues.

I hope this helps you out.

Thank you.

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

Thank you for your reply.

I took these medicines regularly for the past 15 days but stopped taking them as we were planning for pregnancy. I suffered from frequent headaches in both the corners of my head and vomiting while taking these medicines. In addition, I am overweight, and my weight is 67 kg with 5.4 feet in height. I have a history of spontaneous abortion during the second month of my pregnancy, and I do not want that to happen again. However, after stopping these medicines, I have difficulty falling asleep. So, can I also continue taking Amukkura Chooranam at the time of pregnancy? And why do I suffer from frequent headaches and vomiting, especially in the evening? Kindly suggest medications for all my problems.

Thank you.

Answered by Dr. Arul Amuthan L

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

During pregnancy, you can continue Amukkaraa Chooranam and Kadukkai tablets. They will not interfere with pregnancy. You also mentioned headaches followed by vomiting, which may be migraines or tension headaches. Possibilities of food toxins are also reasons for headaches. So, I suggest you to consult a physician for further examination, and the diagnosis can be confirmed by performing laboratory tests.

I hope this helps you out.

Thank you

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

Thank you for your reply.

Can you suggest medicines for tension headaches, migraine, and becoming pregnant? I do not want to deal with another abortion. Also, my legs are paining. Kindly suggest a solution for this also.

Thank you.

Answered by Dr. Arul Amuthan L

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

You may apply Kayathirumeni Thailam as a hair oil, which is safe and effective. Apply on the head and massage the scalp daily and after 30 minutes to one hour, take a bath with normal water before 2 PM. This may help reduce your symptoms. Please try it for one month.

Kindly consult a specialist, talk with them and take the medications with their consent.

I hope this has helped you out.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Arul Amuthan L
Dr. Arul Amuthan L

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