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Anemia (or anaemia) can best tested at home with a test kit that measures the level of healthy red blood cells in your blood. Anemia is a condition that develops when your blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin to carry oxygen effectively throughout your body. A common symptom of anemia is fatigue which is the result of your organs not receiving enough oxygen to function optimally. Other anemic symptoms include lack of energy and easy fatigue, rapid heartbeat when exercising, the shortness of breath and headache with exercise, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, pale skin, leg cramps, and insomnia.  This is the most common type of blood condition and it particularly affect women and younger children.

What is Anemia?

Anemia is a health condition which develops when you don’t have enough red blood cell or hemoglobin. When testing to see if you are anemic, the test will look for a deficiency in the number or quality of red blood cells in the blood. The function of the red blood cell is to carry oxygen round the body using a protein called hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is an important part of the red blood cells. Any changes in the red blood cell or hemoglobin will affect your body.

...if you are not getting enough you can be extremely fatigued.

This means that if the red blood cells are not adequately up to the required number or they are abnormal, or the hemoglobin present in the blood is low and abnormal, it will make the cells in your body not to have enough oxygen. This is because the organs are not getting what they need to make them function properly. As a result of this, the heart is made to work harder in order to pump the necessary amount of blood needed to get enough oxygen in the body system. To understand anemia well, we will need to understand what red blood cells are.

Red blood cells are made in the bone marrow and millions of red blood cells are release into the bloodstream on a daily basis. New supplies of red blood cells is needed to replace old ones that broke down. So in order to make red blood cells and hemoglobin constantly, you will need healthy bone marrow and iron and some vitamins. Besides running in to a vampire on a dark cold night, there are many causes of anemia. Like a vampire, you may want more iron in your diet. Iron contains hemoglobin which carries the oxygen around our bodies so if you are not getting enough you can be extremely fatigued and have anemia. Autoimmune disease and inherited disorders like sickle cell, attack the red blood cells and cause anemia.

Other illnesses and problems resulting in Anemia are cancer, arthritis, tuberculosis, rheumatoid, surgery, trauma, celiac, peptic ulcer, heavy menstruation, and bowel cancer or frequent blood donations. Red blood cells can be lost through bleeding, this may occur over a long period of time and sometimes go undetected. Sometimes, the drugs and medications we use such as alcohol, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs or anti-coagulant medications, also cause anemia. Infections such as malaria and septicemia may also reduce the red blood cell life span.

Symptoms of anemia are:

  • Pale skin
  • Fatigue, weakness, breathlessness 
  • Tiring from exercise easily 
  • Drop in blood pressure when standing from a sitting or lying position. This is common during heavy menstruation.
  • Constant headache 
  • Racing heart or palpitations
  • Irritability, lack of concentrations
  • Loss of appetite
  • Reddened or cracked tongue
  • Strange craving for food.

Depending on the seriousness and cause, the treatment if anemia includes- 

  • In the case of deficiency, regular vitamin and mineral supplements are advisable.
  • If it is iron deficiency, supplements or an iron injection may be required.
  • Vitamin B12 is required for pernicious anemia. - Antibiotics may be used if the cause is infection. 
  • Surgery 

The Anemia Test at Home:-

Anemia can be diagnosed using a number of tests such as blood, stool (fecal occult), urine, gastroscopy or colonoscopy, bone marrow biopsy or monitoring your medical history which includes any chronic illness and regular medications.

If you start to feel any of the symptoms of anemia, look at a test to get this treated as soon as possible.


So you think you might be anemic due to fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath and headaches you are experiencing. The next step is to have a test either at home with an anemia home testing kit or at your local health clinic. It’s important to be tested in order to confirm a diagnosis, in other words, look for the cause and find out how severe the condition is.

Usually, the first test used to see if you have anemia or not is a complete blood count. This will show the right number of red and white blood cells you should have in your system. There are numerous products on the market to test for anemia, don’t worry you can be diagnosed without any problems. Products Let’s face it, reading about anemia and searching online for test products can often be confusing. There’s a lot of information out there to take in so to help, here are two ways to test for anemia:-

Home Tests – an inexpensive home testing kit for anemia can be bought online. It’s a device that uses a single drop of blood which can quickly diagnose anemia taking only sixty seconds. You don’t have to go to a health clinic. Read more info here

Physician Tests – Alternatively you can always visit a doctor who may recommend having an anemia test at a clinic. You will be tested for your hemoglobin and hematocrit levels. Low levels of either are a sign of anemia. Click  here to find out more.

Resources and Links:-

Support in your state: American Sickle Cell Anemia Association www.ascaa.org

Guidelines for treatment of Anemia: World Health Organization www.who.int