Low Ferritin Level

Ferritin is the protein that helps in the storage of iron in the body. Low ferritin level in the body usually indicates iron deficiency or anemia. The treatment is done by consuming iron-rich food and taking iron supplements.

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What does my blood test reports suggest?

Query: Hi doctor, Can you please review my blood and urine test? My concern are a low level of ferritin, a high level of B12, and my urine WBC is very high.  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Following is my opinion on your asked question. The low ferritin, Low Mcv (microcytic anemia), could be suggestive of early iron deficiency anemia. The common cause for high B12 includes supplement intake, liver disease, or kidney disease. Your liver and kidney profi...  Read Full »

I have a ferritin level of 10.8 ng/mL. Is it normal?

Query: Hello doctor, Recently, I got my ferritin levels checked and the results revealed that it was at 10.8. I feel very tired and also I look very pale. The doctors have not contacted me about the results. Should I get a second opinion?  Read Full »


Dr. Arul Amuthan

Ayurveda Specialist, Naturopathy Specialist, Pharmacologist, Siddha Medicine Specialist, Toxicologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The normal range of ferritin is between 20 to 200. So, your ferritin level is below the normal range. The ferritin is a protein that stores or preserve iron in the body. The liver synthesises the ferritin. It means you have less iron storage.  But, we need to look your...  Read Full »

Will frequent blood test cause low ferritin levels?

Query: Hi doctor, I want to ask you something about my blood test results. I did my blood testing four times this month. First time I did my beta HCG because my period was late. Then three days later, I had blood drawn for T3 and T4 testing because I have hypothyroidism. Then 15 days later, I had a test ...  Read Full »


Dr. J N Naidu

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First, let me assure you that even if you donate about a liter (1000 milliliters) of blood every year, you will not become sick if you are otherwise healthy. Even if you get blood tests done 100 times, they will collect only 100 ml of blood from you, do not be paranoid ...  Read Full »

Are my iron and ferritin levels low due to Azithromycin or heavy menstrual flow?

Query: Hello doctor, I would like to ask you something just to be sure. This month I used Azithromycin 500 mg for three days due to my vaginal problems. I used probiotics as well, with time gaps between antibiotics and probiotics, of course. When I stopped with antibiotics, I have continued my probiotics ...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Katarya

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Azithromycin is not associated with any lower hemoglobin levels. It might be due to some other reason. You need to start on some iron supplements. Sometimes, in spite of taking an iron-rich diet, its absorption is lowered due to faulty diet habits like taking iron-ri...  Read Full »

How does low ferritin levels affect children's behavior?

Query: Hi doctor, My 2-year-old daughter has low ferritin or low iron. And some other test result that is on the outer range. She is much tired, irritable and some burst blood vessels in her face.  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, your 2-year-old daughter has been suffering from tiredness, irritability, and redness on the face due to burst blood vessels in the face. According to her investigation reports, her ferri...  Read Full »

I suffer from extensive hair loss. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 21 years old and having an extensive hair loss. The middle part of my head is almost bald. I am losing a lot of hair on the left. Currently, I have taken no medical help. I am also having black spots all over my legs and arms. Also, I have these little eruptions on my head and it is i...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The pattern of your hair loss is suggestive of hormonal etiology. Kindly mention if there is any family history of baldness in females. Mention if you are suffering from any thyroid disorders, have been on any crash diets, leading a stressful life or any other he...  Read Full »

Why does the sclera of my eyes have a blue hue to them?

Query: What could cause high serum iron with very low ferritin? I have been consistently getting my iron levels done every few months and the results are very confusing. I have very low ferritin (12) and have been exhibiting classic signs of iron deficiency and even the sclera of my eyes have a blue hue t...  Read Full »


Dr. Alexander Davis, Md

General Practitioner, Family Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Thank you for your message. I read your case very carefully and I’m glad that you contacted us. You definitely have to see an endocrinologist because a high transferrin saturation, especially greater than 50%, causes the creation of non-transferrin-bound-iron (NTBI) which is toxic and creates...  Read Full »

My WBC count is above 10,000. Do I have blood cancer?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 26 year old female. Last year, my physician told me that I have an iron deficiency, and put me on supplements. My WBC count is 10,300 now. I have no infection, and I am not on any other medication. I am worried due to the high WBC count. I am attaching my CBC test report. Ple...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your CBC (complete blood count) report attached here (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The normal adult range for WBC (white blood cells) count is 4000 to 11000 cells/mcL. Your count 10,300 cells/mcL is within the range. Let me know if you a...  Read Full »

My serum ferritin is low, and birth control pills make me depressed and tired. Why?

Query: Hello I am a 25 year old woman who gave birth to my first child a year back. After giving birth in 2 months I started taking yasmin birth control pills then they gave me nausea all time and I didnt feel hungry or could eat so I switched to yaz control pills after 4 months and they make me so depress...  Read Full »


Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: hello, there are few things I like to point out from ur history 1) yaz or Yasmin is not the right choice of birth control pills right after child birth ( yaz and Yasmin are combined oral contraception containing estrogen and progesterone and this is not safe immediately after child birth if ur bre...  Read Full »

Please help me understand my blood results.

Query: Hi doctor, I was diagnosed with anemia due to heavy periods. I was told to double up my Iron supplements. My iron is already high and ferritin is low. My binding is not even registering. My results are as follows. Ferritin 8.0 ng/mL, iron 333 ug/dL, iron binding capacity and transferrin saturation n...  Read Full »


Dr. Prakash H Muddegowda

Geriatrician, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on your query my opinion is as follows: The values are very rare. However, I will try to help you to the best of my knowledge. Ferritin is the storage form of iron. Serum iron is high, as you are on iron supplements. The body will take longer period of time, usuall...  Read Full »

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