Zinc Blood Test

A Zinc Blood Test is ordered to monitor exposure to Zinc.

Zinc deficiency is an epidemic affecting two billion individuals globally, with potentially devastating consequences. In children, it stunts growth and weakens the immune system – contributing to 800,000 deaths each year. Additionally, too much zinc can cause adverse effects like lethargy, ataxia and copper deficiency.

Common causes of zinc toxicity include:

  • Cleaner and solvents
  • Rust removing agents
  • Paints and varnishes
  • industrial exposure
  • supplements

High zinc levels can result in symptoms like:

  • Chest pain
  • Nausea and severe abdominal pain
  • Seizures
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Coughing and respiratory tract irritation
  • Fatigue/Lethargy
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Headache

Deficient zinc levels can lead to:

  • Delay in growth
  • Impaired wound healing
  • Skin lesions/Dry, scaling skin
  • Altered senses of sight, smell, and taste
  • Impaired immune system
  • Hair loss/Alopecia
  • Diarrhea
  • Impaired testosterone production
  • Seizures
  • Heart arrhythmia
  • Diarrhea

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