Your body needs iron and ferritin to make red blood cells, which carry oxygen all around your body, so it’s important to get your iron and ferritin levels checked to make sure you’re getting the right amount.
At Superdrug Online Doctor, we offer an iron and ferritin test kit which checks your iron and ferritin levels. When you get your results, our doctors can tell you if you have healthy levels of iron and ferritin in your blood, and if you need any treatment.
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Last reviewed: 14/11/2019 by Dr Clair Grainger
|Iron and Ferritin Blood Test||Includes return postage and packaging for test||£39.00|
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Using a home test works in the following steps:
In some cases, the doctor may need to ask for more information. They may contact you by phone, so make sure your telephone number is up to date in your online account.
Iron is an element that helps you make red blood cells, which carry oxygen around your body. Iron is also important for healthy muscles, skin, nails, and hair.
Ferritin is a protein that stores and releases iron, and helps to make sure that you have the right levels of iron in your blood. If you have low ferritin levels, it usually means you have low levels of iron as well. Doctors look at both iron levels and ferritin together to check whether you have a healthy amount of iron in your body.
You get most of your iron from food, though you can also get iron supplements to help keep your iron levels healthy if you don’t get enough in your diet.
Foods that are high in iron include:
Not having enough iron or ferritin means that your body produces fewer red blood cells, and these red blood cells can’t carry as much oxygen around your body as normal.
This is called ‘iron deficiency anaemia’, which can leave you feeling weak, tired, and out of breath because your tissues and muscles aren’t getting the oxygen they need.
Low levels of iron can also cause hair loss, heart palpitations (a pounding heartbeat), and even heart failure.
For most people, having high iron levels isn’t a problem - you might just be getting a little too much in your diet, or taking iron supplements when you don’t need to.
If you have really high levels of iron for a long period of time, then you are at risk of a condition called iron overload. This is when iron levels build up in your organs and tissues, most often in the liver and heart.
Iron overload can cause you to feel weak, lose weight, and suffer from joint pain. If your iron levels are high for a long time, it can cause arthritis, liver failure, and heart failure.
You can get your iron and ferritin levels checked with Superdrug Online Doctor. To order your test kit, simply fill in a short questionnaire and place your order. Your kit will be sent to you by post.
Once you have received your kit, follow these steps:
When you get your results from our doctors, they’ll also give you some advice on what to do next. If your iron or ferritin levels aren’t in the normal range, then you’ll need to speak to your GP to get more blood tests done. One of these blood tests is called a ‘full blood count’ or ‘FBC’, which will tell you if you have anaemia.