AS a Medical Laboratory Technologist, I can tell you the BEST way to know if you are anemic is to have blood drawn at a reputable medical laboratory and have them run a Hemoglobin and Hematocrit test. Hemoglobin, or Hgb, accounts for about 98% of your red blood cells. The normal hemoglobin for an adult female is 12.0-16.0gdl. When your doctor reports the findings of your "iron" test, this is the numbers he will use. If your Iron is below 12.0gdl then you are anemic.Your red blood cells are comprised of 4 heme groups: Which is the iron, and 4 globin groups: Which are protein chains. The primary function of your red blood cells is to carry oxygen to your tissues, and waste products such as carbon dioxide back to the lungs to be expelled from the body. The hematocrit is the actual gauge for iron and should be 36-48% for an adult female. If you just want to know your IRON level then this is all you need, but it's important to know the source of the anemia. If you have more than 5 of the symptoms that charming mentioned then have it checked, take an iron supplement, and eat iron rich foods. DO NOT take an iron supplement until you know for sure you are anemic. There are many types of anemia that have nothing to do with iron deficiency, and If you're NOT iron deficient, then taking an iron supplement can cause you to have too much iron in your blood.
shortness of breath
lack of appetite
fainting or dizziness
inability to concert rate
inflammation of mouth or tongue
dry, brittle or ridged nails
soreness in the mouth
perspiration around the head and neck
swelling of hands and feet
ringing of ears
unexplained bleeding or bruising
Most people that are anemic are always tired and they look very pale. Their gums can be light colored instead of red and when you pull down the bottom of the eye, it also is a pale color instead of red.
I know one sign is if you pull down your bottom eyelid it will be white,it should be red... you need more iron ...good luck
I'm anemic and have to take iron pills. Before, I was dizzy when I stood up too soon, I would feel tired a lot, and sometimes I would get white from not eating and feel sick to my stomach. I had to take those pills when I was pregnant or it would kill my baby.
You also crave ice when you are anemic.
Fatigue , low energy , lab test usually reveal it
By the end of the day, my eyes are kind of blurry and heavy like I was crying for a long time.
Is this normal for an anemic person.