Feeling sick can involve a lot of different symptoms that can be frustrating and often confusing, especially if you don’t know what is causing it. Thankfully, there are many different diagnostic tools available today that can help pinpoint specific illnesses in a matter of minutes.
One of those reliable diagnostic tools is a full-service lab! We can run a wide variety of test right here in our center that can diagnose you faster and more reliably.
Read on as our AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah team explains more about our lab and what different illnesses we can test for under our roof.
What Tests Does AFC Commonly Run?
We have a few rapid tests available that can get you results in as little as 10 minutes, including tests for the flu, strep and RSV. In addition, we can also do urinalysis and cultures that can identify infection.
Our skilled technicians can also draw your blood if we need to dig a little deeper into what is causing your symptoms. One common blood test that we run is called a CBC, or a complete blood count. This test counts and measures the blood cells in your body, which can tell us a lot about your health and wellness. If something is too high or too low, it can easily point us in the right direction in terms of diagnosis.
Diagnoses That a CBC Can Detect
- A variety of infections
- Immune system disorders
- Blood diseases
What Does Anemia Feel Like?
A CBC lab can help us diagnose anemia quickly and accurately. If you are suffering from anemia, it means that your blood isn’t producing the proper level of red blood cells and that can throw your entire body out of alignment. Most people feel dizzy, lightheaded or extremely tired, or they may experience a rapid heartbeat.
Anemia is the most common blood condition in the world, so we see it often and we can diagnose it right away. The treatment for anemia is often incorporating more iron into your diet, so we will discuss the safe and proper way to do so together.
Treatment Options For Anemia
- Eat iron-rich foods like lean meat, fish, eggs and dried beans.
- Consume more folic acid from dark, leafy green vegetables.
- Increase your vitamin D intake.
- Take an iron supplement if prescribed.
Have you been feeling faint or lightheaded? Come see us for a quick CBC test at AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah.