Anaemia occurs when the amount of iron in the body is reduced, causing the number or quality of red blood cells to drop and therefore interfere with 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 pallor, fatigue, breathlessness, palpitations, dizziness and headache. Vague symptoms of tiredness are common and other indicators may also include cracks in the corners of the mouth, a sore tongue and brittle fingernails. Often patients have no significant symptoms and the deficiency may be discovered during routine blood tests.
Are you at risk?
Iron Deficiency Anaemia is more common in Pre-menopausal women or individuals with chronic blood loss caused by peptic ulcers, gastric erosions or tumours of the gastrointestinal tract or uterus.
Vegetarians and vegans naturally consume less iron, and people with low levels of stomach acid (often the elderly) or intestinal parasites absorb less iron.
Your body's iron requirements change throughout your life... Pregnant women, children and adolescents have increased iron needs.
At Foote's Pharmacy we perform a quick and simple screening for anaemia with just a drop of blood from your fingertip. If your Haemoglobin level is outside of the normal range we can advise you on dietary changes, supplements or further testing if required.
*This service is available only at the Redbank Plains store.