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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My son's ferritin level is low. Can he take iron supplements?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a 16 year old son, he runs at the varsity level, for his high school, cross country, and track team. He is a distance runner. He recently had some blood tests done. His hemoglobin was 14.8 g/dL, hematocrit was 44.5 %, and ferritin was 23 ng/mL. I have been told by the team do...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I will second your pediatrician and reassure you that, iron is for hemoglobin synthesis, and as the amount of hemoglobin is fine and he is actively taking part in long-distance sports I will not supplement iron. If you are being pressurized then the best alterna...  Read Full »

Do low ferritin and hemoglobin levels with altered RBC indicate iron deficiency anemia?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a very low ferritin level (2.62) and low Hb (7.8). My RBC impression is anisocytosis, microcytosis, hypochromia. Moreover, my face has swollen. I was a covid patient and got recovered one month back. Since then, I was diagnosed with mild glaucoma, as my IOP was higher than normal....  Read Full »

Dr. Utkarsh Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and will help you regarding it. I have thoroughly assessed your attached reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). You are suffering from iron deficiency anemia. It is the most common nutritional deficiency all over th...  Read Full »

Ferritin level has decreased in spite of taking iron supplements. Should I worry?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21 year old female. Yesterday, doctors have checked my blood. I am visiting a hospital frequently as I have iron deficiency anemia. The thing I am scared about is, my doctor asked me why my ferritin has not increased (just the opposite, it has decreased from 5.79 to 5.77) after...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. In viral infection, lymphocytosis means increased lymphocytes and neutrophil is relatively low because of increased lymphocytes. Platelet can be high in iron deficiency anemia. It is not a matter of worry just now. You can provide your reports to guide you further. You...  Read Full »

I am a female vegan athlete with low ferritin levels, despite taking supplements. What could be the cause?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a female vegan athlete struggling with low ferritin levels. I have been taking two iron pills each night for about six months now. My hemoglobin levels have increased as a result, but my ferritin level is still 7 mg/L. I was wondering if iron infusions would be a good option. I am ...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Usually, after six months of iron pill therapy, ferritin level means iron store should come to normal range. The iron pill increases iron storage first within three to four weeks. Your serum ferritin level is still low, so your hemoglobin level also should be checked...  Read Full »

I have anemia with low ferritin level. Can it be cured with diet and supplements?

Query: Hello doctor, My age is 27 years and I am a female. I have anemia with a very low ferritin level 2.1 and HB is 6.5. Can it be cleared by taking diet and iron supplements? Which is a good time to take Zincofer syrup, how much ml? Please advice.   Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms are suggestive of iron deficiency anemia. I want to check your full CBC report. The investigations that are suggested in your case is peripheral smear examination, transferrin saturation, and serum TIBC (total iron binding capacity) also. You need to be g...  Read Full »

Along with my several gastric issues and difficulty remembering things, I have also been diagnosed with low vitamin B12 and iron levels. How do I treat them?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22-year-old female. I have been complaining of several GIT problems for the last two years, such as bloating, burping, epigastric discomfort, nausea, abdominal discomfort, and constipation most of the time, and I am always tired. In addition, I cannot memorize or remember things...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. Most probably, it is a case of acidity and gastritis. 1. You should avoid a fatty, oily, and spicy diet. 2. Have a walk after having food instead of taking a rest. 3. Have multiple small meals instead of heavy me...  Read Full »

My doctor is asking for a hematologist's opinion on my iron deficiency. Kindly advice.

Query: Hi doctor,I am 45 years old, and my RBC count is 3.17 million per cubic millimeters, hemoglobin is 4.5 gm/dl, and PCV is 16.9 %. WBC count, platelets, urea, uric acid, and creatinine are normal. I have taken the hemoglobin electrophoresis test also. In that Hb (adult) is 98.7 %, Hb A2 is 1.3 %. They...  Read Full »

Dr. Abdul Aziz Khan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. It could be iron deficiency anemia. But I need to know the cause of the iron deficiency. It would be best if you replace iron either orally or intravenously. But if you are having symptoms of anemia, then I would suggest ...  Read Full »

I have muscle pain, tiredness, shortness of breath, mild vertigo, gastritis, and constipation. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,My recent blood tests show high homocysteine and low ferritin, vitamin B12, folate, methylmalonic acid, iron, TIBC, and transferrin saturation are normal. My symptoms are muscle pain, tiredness, shortness of breath, and mild vertigo. I have a history of gastritis and constipation. Can y...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. Low ferritin is suggestive of a decrease in iron storage. So for that, hemoglobin value also should be known. If hemoglobin is also low, then your symptoms can be due to iron deficiency anemia. I suggest taking iron ...  Read Full »

Why is my daughter's hemoglobin level low?

Query: Hi doctor, My 3 years old daughter is diabetic since 1.5 years of age and she is also anemic. Sugar is not much a concern. Recently, we got her blood test done and her hemoglobin is 10 and serum ferritin is 1.71. I have given her Iron supplement for over eight months now. Since then, this is her thi...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagasirisha Naredla

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Anemia can have many causes. Iron deficiency is one of them and very common. There can be other causes, which require some other investigations like peripheral smear and vitamin B12 levels. But, low ferritin points towards low iron as the cause. If she ever req...  Read Full »

I have fatigue, headache, hair loss, reduced concentration capacity and weigh gain problems. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I was feeling fatigued, having headaches, difficulty concentrating at times, hair loss, and gaining weight quickly. So I took my blood test and found that my ferritin level was low (30 ng/mL; normal range 38 ng/mL to 380 ng/mL), but the transferrin saturation level was high (54 mcg/dL...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. From the report attached (attachment removed to protect the patient’s identity), first, for ferritin, you got nothing to worry about as your hemoglobin (Hb) is normal, iron is normal, CBC (complete blood count) is normal, and ferr...  Read Full »

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