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Iron – a vital component of haemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body – plays a critical role in sustaining human health. When iron levels are low, the body can’t produce sufficient healthy red blood cells which leads to a deficiency in ferritin, a protein that contains iron.

An iron deficiency can cause a range of symptoms and, if left untreated, will lead to anaemia which can affect overall health and wellbeing.

In this article, we’ll outline some common symptoms of ferritin deficiency to help you to recognise the signs in your customers.

Pale Skin And Conjunctiva

One of the most noticeable signs of low iron levels is a change in the colour of the skin and conjunctiva (the inner lining of the eyelids). If a customer has noticeably paler skin than usual, especially in the face, it could be a symptom of ferritin deficiency. The paleness results from reduced haemoglobin in the blood, which normally gives skin its rosy hue.

Headaches And Dizziness

Frequent headaches and a sensation of dizziness or light-headedness can be associated with low ferritin levels. These symptoms occur because of the reduced oxygen supply to the brain due to insufficient haemoglobin. Additionally, people with iron deficiency may experience cold hands and feet due to poor circulation which is a direct consequence of reduced oxygen flow.

Craving For Non-Food Substances (pica)

Pica, an unusual craving for non-food substances, such as ice, clay, or dirt, is another symptom linked to iron deficiency. While the exact cause of pica is unclear, it is thought to be the body’s way of seeking alternative sources of iron or other minerals.

Shortness Of Breath

A customer who is experiencing a shortness of breath or difficulty catching their breath, particularly during physical activities, may be suffering from iron deficiency. Since iron is crucial for oxygen transport in the body, low levels mean the muscles and tissues aren’t receiving a sufficient supply, which leads to fatigue and breathlessness.

The Importance Of Iron Deficiency Testing

It goes without saying that these symptoms may be a sign of an iron deficiency but could also be the result of other health conditions, so making an assumption without proper iron testing is inappropriate. Fortunately, determining if a customer has an iron deficiency is straightforward with our easy-to-use home test kits. Early detection is key to effectively managing and treating ferritin deficiency, so stocking our test kits in your pharmacy gives customers greater control over their own health and management.

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