The following symptoms of hemolytic anemia should be taken seriously, especially when more than one of them are present. Extreme exhaustion without cause should always be investigated because if anemia gets bad enough it can be fatal.
|abnormal paleness or lack of color of the skin or underside of eyelids|
|grayish-blue coloring to fingernails or tongue|
|jaundice, or yellowing of the skin, eyes, and mouth|
|intolerance of physical activity|
|rapid or strong heart beats (tachycardia)|
|abdominal or back pain or both|
Hemolytic anemia, when very severe, can end in death. Destroyed red blood cells are brought to the spleen to be broken down to smaller pieces for disposal. One of the end products of this process is bilirubin, a yellowish substance that accumulates in different parts of the body when too much of it is produced. Quite often, bilirubin accumulates in the skin and causes it to appear yellowish. In the worst cases, bilirubin accumulates in the brain and causes mental retardation or death.