D50.8: HYPOCHROMIC ANEMIA
St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is remembered globally each year on March 17. Because of Ireland’s nickname “The Emerald Isle”; green is incorporated into every St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
The number one rule of the day is to wear green clothing. Without it, you are sure to get pinched. Another widely practiced tradition is to drink green beer and lots of it. Even the water in some fountains and rivers run green during the Irish holiday.
This time of year, people have a great time greenifying just about everything! There is a time when a glorious shade of green might cause concern, though. Drinking too much green beer might not be the reason your patient walks into the clinic resembling Kermit the Frog. They could be suffering from the “GREEN SICKNESS!”
“Green Sickness” was a term first used in the 1500s to describe a medical condition that affected mainly young women. The victims of the “green sickness” were known for their distinct green skin tinge. Other general symptoms of the illness included a lack of energy, shortness of breath, dyspepsia, headaches, a capricious or scanty appetite, weakness, melancholy mood, and amenorrhea. This condition was later identified as Chlorosis or Hypochromic Anemia.
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