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A 43-year-old female asked:

is there any other way to check if your iron is low other than needles? help. i hate needles and one injected into my arm is not an option. thanks!

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Blood test: Sorry -- but to be sure about your body's iron and other status relating to possible anemia, you do need some blood tests. If severely anemic sometimes your gums and the lines on your palms will be pale. But this does not give the reason for anemia, which is why blood tests are needed.
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 29 years experience
Spray/gell to numb skin, even small injection with a very small needle to help decrease the discomfort of the actual one will help. Ask your doctor.
Sep 25, 2013
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Provided original answer
Great suggestions, Dr. Ibrahim.
Sep 25, 2013

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