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How to find out what you are allergic to

Spring is ahead. For some of you – you’re thinking bikinis.

For others however – you’re thinking Kleenex. Watering eyes. Puffy faces. Dark circles. Runny noses.

Allergy season is drawing near. This year – make sure you do not suffer. And once and for all – do an allergy test to figure out WHAT on earth is making you so miserable.

Common Spring Allergies

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Get an allergy test to determine exactly what is making you sneeze.

If you know that once the daffodils appear, you feel crummy – you probably fall prey to spring allergies.

It’s OK – millions of people do.

Many times those who suffer in spring face allergic reactions to:

  • Tree pollen
  • Grass seed
  • Mold & dust
  • Ragweed

Particles floating through the air make their way into our homes and offices. This causes misery on those of us with “hyperactive immune systems.” It’s as though our bodies are fighting off major disease.

They do not realize the allergens are not necessarily bad guys. But nonetheless, we suffer.

Treating Common Allergies

While there’s not a way to get rid of allergies, there are several remedies to counter or reduce allergic reactions:

  • allergy pills and syrups (think Allegra and Benadryl)
  • eye drops
  • eye creams
  • sunscreen
  • acupuncture
  • allergy shots

Just to name a few.

Take a look at this video for more tips on preventing allergy symptoms.

Get allergy help

Make sure to contact us at any of our three ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City locations if you want to get to the bottom of your allergic reaction.

Enjoy your spring.

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Know Your Numbers: White Blood Cells

We talked about the reds last post.

So, of course – now need to talk about the whites.

Blood that is.

About white blood cell counts

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Blood draws may not be fun – but they can literally save your life.

We gave a glowing review to the red blood cells last post. After all, they are plentiful and tend to outnumber the other blood components involved in a CBC – Complete Blood Count with differential lab test.

But – with that being said – the white blood cells also play a critical, life-saving role. Literally.

White blood cells are responsible for keeping the body healthy. Also called leukocytes, they serve as the line of defense for our immune system. When we get sick, fight disease and conquer cancer, the white blood cells go to town. The more white blood cells you have, the more your body is working to fight off something that should not be there.

So what’s normal?

According to the National Institute of Health,

4,500-10,000 white blood cells per microliter (mcL) is normal.

Note: Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Talk to your doctor about the meaning of your specific test results. The examples above show the common measurements for results for these tests. Some laboratories use different measurements or may test different specimens.

While labs will have differing limits, you should be able to determine if you are running low or running high based on lab reports.

Am I sick?

You’ll need to sit down with a physician to review your lab work – especially if white blood cell reports show you have too few or too many. Note – if your spleen is gone, you will run on the HIGH side.

Several conditions can be involved if your white blood counts are not normal.

For example, the following may cause LOW white blood cell counts:

  • Lupus
  • Liver disease
  • Bone disease
  • Exposure to radiation

These conditions may be indicators of why white blood cells are HIGH:

  • Anemia
  • Leukemia
  • Infectious disease
  • Burns
  • Extreme stress

How to get white blood cells checked

You won’t necessarily feel anything if your white blood cells are high or low. BUT – having lab work performed routinely comes with the same importance as having red blood cells checked. A blood draw for a CBC test is a “first stop” for determining wellness and figuring out if anything is wrong with you – even if you don’t feel sick.

If you need a white blood test (or a general CBC blood test) and live in the Kansas City area, contact any of our three ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City locations.

No insurance needed. No doctor script either. Come request the test yourself.

 


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Know Your Numbers: Red Blood Cells

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It’s OK to give blood – your body has millions of red blood cells and will make more!

Have you ever been sent for a “blood test?” Did you realize you were getting a three-for-one deal? A Complete Blood Count (CBC) measures your red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. They are all important and play unique roles.

We’ll start with the red.

About Blood

To most people, blood is the red stuff that runs through our veins and appears when we’re cut or stabbed. Okay – maybe not stabbed, that is a little gruesome.

But several components make up blood and all play a critical role in our health. One of the major components – red blood cells.

Millions upon millions of the reds…

If we had a penny for each red blood cell in our body – we would be rich! There are millions of red blood cells in our bodies – actually, there are millions in one small drop of blood.

These cells are responsible for carrying oxygen throughout our body.

They also get rid of unwanted, foreign invaders and waste that enter the blood stream and can make us sick or fatally ill.

Not that the other blood components are any less important, but blood would not be blood without the red blood cells. The hemoglobin in the red blood cells is what gives blood the red coloring. These cells have a critical job and keep us alive.

I’m NOT gonna live forever…

Now – red blood cells are many in number but one unique characteristic about them is that they do not last long.

Typically, red blood cells have a lifespan of 120 days.

That means as cells die off, new cells are formed. Bones make new red blood cells and help stabilize an individual so that oxygen transport and waste removal carries on.

How many red blood cells do I need?

Normal range varies slightly between laboratories but is generally between 4.2 to 5.9 million cells/cmm. This can also be referred to as the erythrocyte count and can be expressed in international units as 4.2 to 5.9 x 1012 cells per liter. – Medicinenet.com

Labs use their own measuring systems to determine normal limits for the blood. However – if you are dramatically low or dramatically high, a standard CBC test will determine if your levels are not-normal, regardless of who draws the lab.

Is high or low a problem?

High red blood cell counts AND low red blood cell counts can create problems and indicate concerning health conditions. Just read how the Mayo Clinic explains each one:

Over-achieving and having too many red blood cells, or under-achieving and having too few, is NOT ideal nor healthy. Make sure you know your numbers and if your blood counts are in check.

Getting your blood cells checked

Having routine blood work is the first step in wellness. Blood counts are a “first stop” and one of the best ways to identify any unnoticed health concerns.

If you need your blood drawn in Kansas City but do not want to hassle with insurance payments or scheduling around a physician – you can come directly to ARCpoint Labs and request a CBC- blood work for yourself.

Find any of our three ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City locations to schedule an appointment!