What Does a CBC Blood Test Diagnose?

Sometimes diagnosing conditions can be easy and relatively straightforward, and sometimes it takes a bit more investigative work to get to the root cause of your issues. Many different illnesses have telltale symptoms that we can recognize, and different tests can help confirm our suspicions.

In some cases, though, symptoms may look different or not as noticeable from person to person, which is why we have a variety of diagnostic tools at our disposal to help us along the way. One of our tools is our top-of-the-line lab that we have right on site.

Our AFC Urgent Care Indian Trail team explains more below about the benefits of our lab and how it helps diagnose our patients faster and more accurately, so read on to learn more.

What Lab Tests Are Offered?

Some of the more common illnesses like strep throat, COVID-19, the flu, RSV and a variety of STDs are diagnosed daily in our center. That’s all thanks to the rapid tests that we offer! A quick visit and test can diagnose you in mere minutes. A faster diagnosis leads to a quicker treatment and feeling better right away.

We also can do urinalysis and run cultures to diagnose infection, and we offer a variety of blood tests that can help us better understand your current wellness. One of these tests is called a CBC, or a complete blood count. This test counts and measures the different blood cells in your blood and gives us a really good baseline for and underlying conditions you may have.

Common Diagnoses After a CBC Blood Test

  • Anemia
  • A variety of infections
  • Immune system disorders
  • Blood diseases

Can Anemia Be Treated Easily?

Anemia is one of the most common diagnoses that we provide after reviewing a patient’s CBC results. It is actually the most common blood condition in the world! Anemia itself isn’t contagious—it is a condition that develops when your body fails to produce the proper level of red blood cells that you need.

Mild to moderate anemia causes symptoms like fatigue, lightheadedness, dizziness and a rapid heartbeat. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, come see us for a CBC! Thankfully, many cases of anemia are easily treated with some simple lifestyle changes and by incorporating more iron into your diet.

Dietary Changes to Help Your Anemia

  • Eat iron-rich foods like lean meat, fish, eggs and dried beans.
  • Consume more folic acid from dark, leafy green vegetables.
  • Increase your vitamin D intake.
  • Take an iron supplement as recommended.

Have you been feeling faint or lightheaded? Come see us for a quick CBC test at AFC Urgent Care Indian Trail.