What can you do about it?
It is best to eliminate the cause of the headache. To do this, the iron deficiency must be remedied by an increased iron intake. If the iron deficiency already causes symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, palpitations, there is probably already a quite pronounced iron deficiency.
A change in diet alone usually does not lead to an improvement. It is therefore better to take iron orally (by mouth) in higher doses (50-100mg). The tablet or capsule is taken once a day in the morning about 1 hour before a meal.
Orange juice can be drunk with the tablet or capsule for better absorption in the intestines. Before taking iron, an iron deficiency should be confirmed by a doctor and a disturbance of iron utilization should be excluded. If the iron deficiency is already very advanced, the administration of iron infusions can be considered.
This is only done under medical supervision! Symptomatically, headaches can be treated briefly with conventional painkillers. However, the causes should be treated quickly, as a drug-induced headache can occur if painkillers are taken continuously.
The duration of the headache varies greatly from person to person. Symptomatically, the pain can be treated with painkillers such as ibuprofen in the short term. After taking medication, the pain should go away after about 30 minutes.
Headaches can be treated permanently by replenishing the iron depots. Depending on how empty the stores are, this can take several months. If enough iron is available again for the formation of red blood cells, new red blood cells are formed within 7 days. The oxygen content in the blood increases and the headaches disappear permanently.