Iron & Hemoglobin Testing
Iron is an essential trace element—primarily derived from dietary sources—that is necessary for the formation of red blood cells. Iron deficiency will lead to anemia (low levels of red blood cells), while persistently high levels can be toxic to the body’s organs. The following blood tests are used to measure iron levels in the blood, the amount of iron stored in the body, and the body’s capacity to absorb iron.
Our testing includes measurement of Iron, Hemoglobin & Ferritin levels. For more information see below and make an appointment via our contact form
Kevin Kelly’s Pharmacy offers testing for Iron, Hemoglobin and Ferritin levels. You can call anytime but are best advised to make an appointment. Process usually takes up to 30 minutes.
Why get tested?
Tests are used to detect and help diagnose iron deficiency or iron overload. In people with anemia, these tests can help determine whether the condition is due to iron deficiency or another cause, such as chronic blood loss or some other illness. Iron tests are also ordered if a we suspect that a person has iron poisoning and to screen for hereditary hemochromatosis, an inherited condition associated with excessive iron storage.
Signs of Iron & Hemoglobin deficiency
If the iron-deficiency anemia is severe, shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, headaches, and leg pains may occur. Children may develop learning (cognitive) disabilities if the deficiency persists. Besides the general symptoms of anemia, there are certain symptoms that are characteristic of iron deficiency. These include pica (cravings for specific substances, such as licorice, chalk, dirt, or clay), a burning sensation in the tongue or a smooth tongue, sores at the corners of the mouth, and spoon-shaped fingernails and toenails.
Common symptoms include:
– Chronic fatigue/tiredness
– Weakness or lack of energy
– Joint pain
Based on your test, we will recommend the correct course of action for you.