Anaemia is a condition that occurs when the amount of iron in the body is reduced, causing the number or quality of red blood cells to drop. This interferes with the ability for the cells to transport oxygen around the body.
Iron Deficiency Anaemia is the most common form of anaemia, and can include symptoms such as:
Vague symptoms of tiredness are common; other indicators may also include cracks in the corners of the mouth, a sore tongue and brittle fingernails. Patients often show no symptoms, where the deficiency may be discovered during routine blood tests.
At Foote’s Pharmacy we perform a quick and simple screening for anaemia with a drop of blood from your fingertip. If your Haemoglobin level is outside the normal range, we will advise you on dietary changes, supplements or further testing if required.
Are you at risk?
Iron Deficiency Anaemia is more common in Premenopausal women or individuals with chronic blood loss caused by peptic ulcers, gastric erosions or tumours of the gastrointestinal tract or uterus.
Those with a diet consistently low in iron, and lacking in certain vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B-12 and folate face increased risk of anaemia.
Chronic conditions such as cancer, kidney failure, diabetes or other chronic conditions increase chances of developing anaemia of chronic disease. Family history may also play a key role in increased risk of the condition.
Other factors including history of certain infections, blood diseases and autoimmune disorders increases risk of anaemia. Alcoholism, exposure to toxic chemicals, and some medications can impact red blood cell production and lead to anaemia. People of the age of 65 are at increased risk of anaemia.
*Please note that this service is only available at our Redbank Plains store.