Folic Acid

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A folic acid test may be done to: Check for the cause of anemia. A folic acid test is often done at the same time as a test for vitamin B12 levels because a lack of either vitamin may cause anemia. Check for malnutrition or problems absorbing (malabsorption) folic acid. See if treatment for folic acid deficiency or vitamin B12 deficiency is working. See if a woman has enough folic acid to prevent certain birth defects and allow her baby to grow normally.

The symptoms of a folic acid or vitamin B-12 deficiency include: 

diarrhea or constipation

a swollen, red tongue

bleeding gums

a lack of appetite

fatigue

headaches

numbness

difficulty walking

memory loss

The symptoms of anemia include: 

unusually pale skin

fatigue

dizziness

lightheadedness

weakness

rapid heart rate

shortness of breath

headaches

confusion

You may need to keep getting these shots, take high doses of a supplement, or get it nasally after that. If you don't eat animal products, you have options. You can change your diet to include vitamin B12-fortified grains, a supplement or B12 injections, or a high-dose oral vitamin B12 if you are deficient. 

Your doctor may recommend: Shots of vitamin B12 (monthly or more often, if needed) Vitamin B12 supplements, in pill form or as a nasal spray Treatment of underlying conditions, such as Crohn's disease, celiac disease, or alcoholism Dietary changes

Test Method 1 : Most of the time, blood is taken from a vein on the inside of the elbow or the back of the hand. The site is cleaned with germ-killing medicine (antiseptic). The health care provider wraps an elastic band around the upper arm to apply pressure to the area and make the vein swell with blood. 

Next, the provider gently inserts a needle into the vein. The blood collects into an airtight vial or tube attached to the needle. The elastic band is removed from your arm. 

Once the blood has been collected, the needle is removed, and the puncture site is covered to stop any bleeding. 

In infants or young children, a sharp tool called a lancet may be used to puncture the skin and make it bleed. The blood collects into a small glass tube called a pipette, or onto a slide or test strip. A bandage may be placed over the area if there is any bleeding. 

Report available : Turn around time is 24 hours. 

The only way to treat celiac disease is to permanently remove gluten from your diet. This allows the intestinal villi to heal and to begin absorbing nutrients properly. Your doctor will teach you how to avoid gluten while following a nutritious and healthy diet. They will also give you instructions on how to read food and product labels so you can identify any ingredients that contain gluten. 

Symptoms can improve within days of removing gluten from the diet. However, you shouldn't stop eating gluten until a diagnosis is made. Removing gluten prematurely may interfere with test results and lead to an inaccurate diagnosis. 

A person have the following symptoms should get this done:    Diarrhea

Dizziness

Fatigue, muscle weakness

Loss of appetite

Pale skin

Rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeats

Shortness of breath

Sore tongue and mouth

Tingling, numbness, and/or burning in the feet, hands, arms, and legs (with B12 deficiency)

Confusion or forgetfulness

Paranoia

Gender : Mainly occurs in adults, children and women. 

Age : Mainly occurs at the age of 1 to 40 years. 

Socio Geographic : It is predominant all over the world. 

Stomach, liver, intestines
Pernicious anemia, Celiac disease Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohns disease and ulcerative colitis