Indian Journal of Public Health

AUTHORíS REPLY
Year
: 2017  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 216-

Author's reply: Directly observed iron supplementation for control of iron deficiency anemia


Mohan Bairwa1, Farhad Ahamed2, Smita Sinha3, Kapil Yadav4, Shashi Kant5, Chandrakant S Pandav6,  
1 Assistant Professor, Public Health and Epidemiology, IIHMR University, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
2 Senior Resident, Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
3 Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Family Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
4 Associate Professor, Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
5 Professor, Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
6 Professor, Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, and ICCIDD, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Kapil Yadav
Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
India




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Bairwa M, Ahamed F, Sinha S, Yadav K, Kant S, Pandav CS. Author's reply: Directly observed iron supplementation for control of iron deficiency anemia.Indian J Public Health 2017;61:216-216


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Sir,

We appreciate that the reader's letter [1] has taken great interest in this topic of paramount public health concern in developing countries. It is evident that there are multiple reasons behind iron deficiency anemia in population. The reader described such an interesting and important aspect of iron deficiency anemia. As such cases present atypical presentation of iron deficiency anemia with an infrequent history of chronic urticaria.

The patient with iron deficiency anemia tends to absorb nickel in excess which further aggravates the manifestations of nickel associated urticaria.[2] This reveals an important interaction of iron deficiency with other micronutrient deficiencies. The Government of India also recognized the significance of micronutrients; hence, the micronutrient deficiencies have found considerable space in the recently released India's National Health Policy 2017.

However, the public health importance of the findings needs to be put in the perspective as our paper discusses the effectiveness of directly observed supplementation in prevention and management of anemia.[3] “How the role of nickel sensitivity should also be considered in such scenario?,” authors of letter [1] should provide an explicit explanation for consideration of readers. A study by Antico and Soanareports that this is nickel associated urticaria [4] which responds to iron therapy/supplementation.[2] Available literature is inconclusive to establish the relationship between oral intake of nickel rich foods and nickel allergy syndrome.[5] There is evidence that allergic condition predisposes anemia.[6] Hence, allergy to other nonfood materials or atopic allergy may cause anemia; and there is also a possibility that iron absorption would improve after reduced intake of food allergen.

Authors of the letter should provide details of investigations done to diagnose nickel sensitivity to support their findings.

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