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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

Dr. Randy Baker
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Vitamin Deficiency (Definition)

Vitamin deficiency is a symptom in which a person has lower than normal levels (on blood testing) of one or more vitamins, usually due to not eating a good diet. Some medical conditions decrease the absorption of vitamins from food, even if ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Namey
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Vitamins And Supplements (Definition)

Vitamins and supplements are compounds that are produced and ...Read more