Check levels of inflammation with this simple test
Identify risk of damage or deterioration in your body that you may not be aware of.
Risk markers for heart disease, stroke, chronic conditions and infections.
Visit our pharmacy for a quick, simple finger-prick blood test carried out by our qualified team. We’ll send your test to the laboratory and you’ll get your results within 5 days.
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- Test for high sensitivity CRP, the most important marker for inflammation
- Provides hospital standard, easy-to-read traffic light results
- Supporting guidance provided to help you make effective lifestyle changes
- Receive advice to better support your overall health
- Customers must be aged 18 years or over to take this test. This test is not available to customers who are pregnant or breastfeeding
Optimise Your Health With Our Inflammation (CRP) Test
Understand whether inflammation may be impacting your health and what simple steps you can take to reduce it
When you think of inflammation you often think of something you can see like an insect bite, cut or allergic reaction. There might be pain, redness, swelling or itching and you may feel unwell. There is also inflammation that you can’t see which may have been going on for a while. This sort of longer term or chronic inflammation is often “silent” and can cause damage and deterioration that you may not be aware of.
This type of inflammation can impact the whole body and could indicate an underlying health condition or an infection. It also has the potential to damage the heart arteries and blood vessels even if your cholesterol and triglycerides levels are normal.
How The Inflammation Test Can Help
The good news is that this type of inflammation can be detected and monitored using the Inflammation (CRP) Test. Raised levels of CRP are not specific to any disease but can tell you if you have inflammation and whether you need to make lifestyle changes or visit your GP.
By using our quick and easy pharmacy-to-laboratory finger-prick blood test, you will get your results within 5 days, and you will receive advice on whether your results are acceptable, if lifestyle changes are required, or if a visit to your GP is recommended. Lifestyle guidance is also provided.
Being aware of your CRP level is the first step to making positive changes. It is also easy to track your levels of inflammation over time.
Take steps to change your life for the better.
What is CRP?
C-reactive protein (CRP) is primarily produced by your liver, and levels increase when there’s inflammation in the body. Your liver will release CRP into your bloodstream shortly after inflammation – such as the onset of an infection or injury to tissue. You may also produce CRP in the long term if you are at risk of heart disease or certain other chronic conditions. This is why it can be difficult know about these risks without doing a test.
A raised or high CRP level is often the first sign of infection or inflammation – elevated C-reactive protein levels can even precede other symptoms like pain or fever. So, taking a CRP blood test means you may be able to check for markers of a range of infections and other conditions.
What is inflammation?
When you think of inflammation, physical redness – such as around a wound or insect bite – or Joint Pain might be the first things that come to mind. Many of us associate inflammation with swelling or itching. However, there’s also internal inflammation that we can’t see, which can affect our immune systems and the way the body functions.
Inflammation is one of the ways your body fights things like infection and viruses. When your body detects something harmful – including toxins and bacteria – it releases certain chemicals to help fight off the invading substance and protect you. Additionally, some conditions – such as arthritis – can cause your immune system to trigger inflammation without any foreign bodies being detected.
What causes Inflammation?
Often, inflammation is caused by your body detecting a foreign ‘attacker’ – such as an infection or irritant. Once it’s identified, your immune system releases chemicals to try and dispel the attacker and keep your body safe.
Inflammation can also be triggered by an autoimmune disease, in which the body mistakes natural cells as harmful outsiders, and launches an attack. Some conditions which can cause inflammation include:
– Rheumatoid arthritis
– Underlying cardiovascular disease
– Certain cancers
Why do I need a CRP test?
There are a number of reasons to check your C-reactive protein levels. If you have a family history of cardiovascular disease or other medical conditions associated with inflammation, it may be worth conducting a test to check your current levels and get a good idea of your overall health.
Because C-reactive protein levels are indicative of inflammation, blood tests can be useful in monitoring infection levels, tracking autoimmune diseases such as lupus, or checking if you’re at high risk of heart disease.
Blood tests for CRP are not a substitute for medical advice. If you have concerns about your health, you should always visit your GP as a first port of call.