At Home Blood Test
Thyroid Function Profile
Friday, 23 February 2024
Unlock the secrets of your metabolism with our elite Thyroid Function Profile, meticulously crafted to assess the performance of your thyroid gland. Thyroid disorders are common yet frequently undiagnosed, leading to symptoms such as fatigue, mood fluctuations, and weight issues. Our premium profile will provide a comprehensive indication of your thyroid function by evaluating your levels of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) and Free T4 (FT4).
How to use
- Open the kit: Open your Thyroid Function Test kit. Inside, you should find a lancet (a small, sharp needle), collection tube, alcohol wipes, plasters, cotton swabs, gloves, a prepaid return envelope, and detailed instructions to guide you through the process.
- Prepare: Make sure to read the provided instructions thoroughly before beginning. You may need to fast or avoid certain medications before taking the test, depending on the specific requirements of your kit.
- Sanitize: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water, then sanitize with the alcohol wipes. This will help to prevent any infection or contamination.
- Draw Blood: Put on the gloves. Use the lancet to prick your finger to draw a small amount of blood. You may need to gently squeeze or massage your finger to assist the blood flow.
- Collect Sample: Allow the blood to drop into the collection tube until it reaches the required fill line. Once done, apply the plaster to your finger.
- Secure the Sample: Place the cap back onto the collection tube tightly, ensuring that it is securely closed. Shake the tube gently to mix the blood sample.
- Return the Sample: Place the sample back into the kit and seal it in the return envelope provided. Send it off to the lab using the prepaid package.
- The results will then be processed by a certified lab and sent to you within a specified timeline. Always consult a healthcare professional to interpret your test results and guide you on the next steps.
- Important: Follow the specific instructions provided within your kit. The above instructions are a general guide and may not apply to your specific thyroid function test kit.
- Iodine, Selenium, Zinc, Copper, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, magnesium, vitamin D, iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, tyrosine.
Side Effects & Cautions
- Allergic Reactions: Some people might have an allergic reaction to the medications used in thyroid function tests. Seek immediate medical attention if symptoms like itching, rash, dizziness, or trouble breathing appear.
- Abnormal Heart Rhythm: Overactive thyroid can cause abnormal heart rhythms, which could be dangerous for individuals with heart disease.
- Bone Density: Long-term excessive thyroid hormone can lead to decreased bone density, increasing the risk of osteoporosis.
- Thyroid Storm: Overactive thyroid needs careful monitoring and treatment to prevent thyroid storm, a severe, life-threatening condition characterized by increased heart rate, body temperature and high blood pressure.
- Medication Interactions: Certain medications can interfere with thyroid function tests and make the results unreliable. Always inform your doctor about your current medication list.
- Hyperthyroidism: Overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism can lead to rapid weight loss, irregular heartbeat, increased appetite, anxiety, and irritability.
- Hypothyroidism: Underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism can lead to fatigue, constipation, dry skin, weight gain, and depression.
- Regular monitoring and follow-ups with your doctor are essential for the safe management of thyroid function.
- Avoid consumption of food or supplements high in iodine unless prescribed by your doctor.
- Never start or stop medication without the guidance of a healthcare professional.
- Regularly monitor your thyroid levels as recommended by your doctor.
- Keep a check on symptoms related to thyroid dysfunction like rapid heartbeat, weight changes, etc.
- Excessive amounts of thyroid medication can cause heart problems, so take as prescribed.
- Stay active and maintain a healthy diet consisting of enough proteins, carbohydrates, and vitamins.
- Stay hydrated and limit the consumption of caffeine and alcohol.
- Exposure to high levels of radiation can affect the functioning of the thyroid, so take necessary precautions.