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Vitamin B12 or folate deficiency anaemia can cause a wide range of symptoms.Â These usually develop gradually at first, and can worsen if the condition goes untreated.
You should see your GP if you think you may have aÂ vitamin B12 or folate deficiency. These conditions can often be diagnosed based on your symptoms and the results of a blood test. Read more about diagnosingÂ vitamin B12 or folate deficiency anaemia.
It's important forÂ vitamin B12 or folate deficiency anaemia to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible because, although many of the symptoms will improve with treatment, some problems caused by the condition can be irreversible.
General symptoms ofÂ anaemia (whereÂ you have fewer red blood cells than normal orÂ you haveÂ an abnormally low amountÂ of a substance called haemoglobin in each red blood cell) include:
If you have anaemia caused by a vitamin B12 deficiency, you may have otherÂ symptoms in addition to those listed above, such as:
Some of these symptoms can also occur in people who have a vitamin B12 deficiency, but have not developed anaemia.
Additional symptoms in people withÂ anaemia caused by a folate deficiency can include:
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