The Fluoride Blood test is used to measure environmental or occupational exposure to fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral which is important for developing healthy teeth and bones. Over exposure to fluoride can cause symptoms such as respiratory problems, stomach pains, and neurological problems. Over time, fluoride exposure can result in weakened bones and damage to the kidneys, thyroid, and brain. Fluoride is used in a number of industries such as glass manufacturing, aluminum, iron, steel, oil and fertilizer. It is also commonly found in chemicals used to kill insects and rodents and may be found in drinking water. While fluoride may be found in products such as toothpaste or vitamins, it is rare to suffer ill effects unless a person ingests large amounts of these products.
While a blood test will typically show if a person has recently been exposed to large quantities of fluoride, it may not be as accurate as a urine test in detecting chronic exposure. A person who has reason to believe thay are suffering from fluoride exposure but shows normal levels on a blood test may wish to consider ordering a urine fluoride test.
This test is typically ordered when someone is experiencing symptoms of fluoride exposure especially if they have had contact with chemicals containing fluoride or work in an industry where airborne exposure to fluoride is common.
Turnaround time for the Fluoride Blood Test is typically 3-5 business days.
Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
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