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Fingernails (Definition)

Fingernails are the hard coverings at the end of fingertips. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. they function to protect the fingertip and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good hand hygiene and nail care is important to prevent bacterial ...Read more


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My 12 yr old boy has brown finger nails and toe nails. Is that a anemia or vitamin deficiency? He's tried a lot.

My 12 yr old boy has brown finger nails and toe nails. Is that a anemia or vitamin deficiency? He's tried a lot.

Brown nails: 5 things come to mind:1)fungal infection 2) zinc deficiency also known as acrodemaritis enteropathica 3) smoking unlikely 4) darier disease (keratosis follicularis) or 5) iodine poisoning. Better to see a good internist or dermatologist or a good podiatrist. Thanks. ...Read more

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6 year old boy has thin splitting finger nails and toe nails, and teeth are decaying. Is there a vitamin deficiency?

6 year old boy has thin splitting finger nails and toe nails, and teeth are decaying.  Is there a vitamin deficiency?

Syndrome: There a number of syndromes with these signs. See a dermatologist and your dentist. Have them consult with each other. ...Read more

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Which vitamin deficiency is the worst?

Which vitamin deficiency is the worst?

D3. Iodine, B: There are so many. Start with vitamin d3, iodine and b complex. However, take a blood test to see if you have these deficiencies so you don't over do it. ...Read more

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What could having a vitamin deficiency cause?

What could having a vitamin deficiency cause?

Very little: It is very difficult in america today to actually be vitamin deficient. Some folks are deficient in Folic Acid and B12 which can cause anemia, high blood homocysteine and methylmalonic acid, and rarely, pernicious anemia. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have a vitamin deficiency?

How to determine if I have a vitamin deficiency?

See your doctor: Different vitamin deficiencies have different symptoms. If you are concerned see your doctor and they can recommend the appropriate blood test based on your symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the signs of osteomalacia from vitamin deficiency?

What are the signs of osteomalacia from vitamin deficiency?

Let me help: The dull, aching pain associated with osteomalacia most commonly affects the lower back, pelvis, hips, legs and ribs. The pain may be worse at night, or when you're putting weight on affected bones. Bone fractures that happen without a real injury. muscle weakness, widespread bone pain, especially in the hips. ...Read more

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Is there a worse vitamin deficiency than b12 or is b12 the worse...

Is there a worse vitamin deficiency than b12 or is b12 the worse...

Hard to say because:: All vitamins by definition are essential for health. While B12 deficiency can be very serious, you can die from vitamin C deficiency (scurvy), D deficiency can cause depression, chronic pain & increased risk of cancer and autoimmune disease, low B1 causes diarrhea, dermatitis and dementia etc, So which of those is worst? We need ALL vitamins for good health. See http://tinyurl.com/mzrkbx8 ...Read more

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What is the treatment for vitamin deficiency?

What is the treatment for vitamin deficiency?

Balanced diet and: Supplements. A balanced diet is generally sufficient to prevent as well as treat common vitamin deficiencies. Supplemental/pill forms or injections of vitamins are available and are administered as needed and based on the type of vitamin that may be deficient. ...Read more

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Could multivitamins correct vitamin deficiency?

Could multivitamins correct vitamin deficiency?

Probably not: If you have had lab tests that say you are deficient you need to take the vitamins that are low. Your doc will advise. Also, over the counter multivitamins are typically very weak. Look on the label to make sure that many of the ingredients are well beyond 100% of the recommended daily allowance and you will have a better brand. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How does the hospital do a vitamin deficiency test?

Blood tests: Blood tests can be done for a number of vitamins, if there is clinical concern for vitamin deficiency due to symptoms, physical exam, diet, or medical history. ...Read more

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My hair is super dry n tangled and breaking from middle. Dont hv vitamin deficiency. What do I do plz help?

My hair is super dry n tangled and breaking from middle. Dont hv vitamin deficiency. What do I do plz help?

Consider pre-shampoo: Thank you for your question regarding dry and tangled hair with mid-strand breakage. Consider as a first step pre-conditioning your hair with generous swaths of coconut oil - root to tip- before using a gentle shampoo. Wash and condition as usual and note the effect for a month. Increase your intake of water and favor balanced meals. Let me know how this works for you. ...Read more

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How fast can cartilage degeneration happen? Can it happen within a week with vitamin deficiency or too much of one vitamin?

How fast can cartilage degeneration happen? Can it happen within a week with vitamin deficiency or too much of one vitamin?

Cartilage : Degeneration takes place over months and years. Vitamin deficiency or excess probably has little if anything to do with it, but more wear and tear over a long time. ...Read more

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Vitamin Deficiency (Definition)

A vitamin deficiency is when the body has low levels of one or more essential vitamins. Deficiencies of different vitamins can lead ...Read more


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Vitamins And Supplements (Definition)

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