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G6pd Deficiency (Definition)

A condition causing red blood cells to break down in response to certain medications, ...Read more


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Can people with G6PD deficiency eat chick peas?

Can people with G6PD deficiency eat chick peas?

Yes: People throughout the world with G6PD deficiency eat chickpeas, falafel made from chickpeas, and hummus made from chickpeas. People with G6PD are not all the same, but have a varied range of severity. Chickpeas are legumes and theoretically may cause problems. A person who has had problems after eating chickpeas, and is sure that the problems are related to chickpeas, may avoid future chickpeas. ...Read more

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Why person who has g6pd deficiency can not handle stress?

Not necessarily true: G6pd deficiency is an inherited enzyme deficiency. The enzyme is involved in metabolism and anti-oxidant metabolism in red blood cells. Dietary triggers include fava beans and a variety of medications. Stress is not a well-established trigger but it has been associated with worsening symptoms. In g6pd, red blood cells die due to the enzyme defect. As a result, stress can result in anemia. ...Read more

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What is the best milk for my son with g6pd deficiency at the age of 5 months. Thank you?

Any formula that : Your pediatrician wants to use is okay till a year, when you switch to whole cow's milk & milk products, 16-21 oz./day. Here's a nice site for homemade baby food: :http://www.Homemade-baby-food-recipes. Com/foods-for-a-baby-with-g6pd-deficiency. Html. Also, see:http://g6pddeficiency. Org/index. Php? Cmd=contraindicated, the national support organization's website, where you'll find everything you need. ...Read more

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Pls help me my son had a born screen. How can we notice that my son have g6pd deficiency in what value. Thanks

Pls help me my son had a born screen.  How can we notice that my son have g6pd deficiency in what value. Thanks

G6PD testing...: If your doctors suspects g6pd deficiency based on symptoms and other tests (liver values) he/she can order a direct test, the "beutler fluorescent spot test". ...Read more

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What is G6PD deficiency?

RBC disorder: It is an inherited enzymatic disorder of red blood cells. Most people have no symptoms. If you have it, Your red blood cells can hemolyze (break open) which can make you severely anemic and jaundice. You have to avoid certain foods and antibiotics if you have the deficiency. Complicated disorder to discuss in this forum. Here is information: http://www.uptodate.com/contents/glucose-6-phosp ...Read more

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How do I cure a g6pd deficiency?

How do I cure a g6pd deficiency?

You don't: This is genetic, where your genetic code does not carry the information for you to make g6pd in normal amounts. This enzyme problem only effects those cells where this becomes an issue like the red cells. The enzyme helps the red cell maintain its cell wall integrity by assisting energy production. Without it the red cells can break down. You learn to avoid certain meds and foods and life can be ok. ...Read more

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What are the baby foods safe to feed a g6pd deficiency baby?

What are the baby foods safe to feed a g6pd deficiency baby?

Most are safe: From the time when babies are sitting to when they walk is a marvelous opportunity to introduce many flavors of foods (www.Drgreene. Com/colorin). Kids with g6pd deficiency should avoid fava beans. Some kids — depending on their variant — should also avoid blueberries (& yogurts containing them), soy, other legumes, some chinese herbs, or tonic water (not great for babies anyway). I love g6pd. Org. ...Read more

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Is there a level of g6pd deficiency? If yes, how to measure the risk of deficient?

Is there a level of g6pd deficiency? If yes, how to measure the risk of deficient?

Yes: The g6pd test is a simple blood test that any regular lab can do. The result gives a percentage, so that 20% would mean the person has only 20% of the g6pd that an average normal person has. ...Read more

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Will g6pd deficiency disappear or cure throughout age? What age will it cure or disappear

Lifelong: It can be mild (very common or severe. You may also learn to manage it. The real concern is what medicines you can take. Your physician needs to be advised about your past diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms if a g6pd deficiency accidentally eat or touch those prohibited to him? And how to cure it?

Hemolysis: Severe hemolysis, or destruction of red blood cells, can happen. Symptoms include fever, tea-colored urine, jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin), severe fatigue. This can be fatal. Fava beans are the prototypical food that can lead to this.

http://g6pddeficiency.org. ...Read more

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I got severe g6pd deficiency. Can i take Amoxil?

I got severe g6pd deficiency. Can i take Amoxil?

Can ask one's doctor: The usual worry is that patients with G6PD deficiency have a higher rate of breakage of their red blood cells if their bodies are undergoing a stressful event, thus leading to jaundice (pigments from broken red blood cells cause the jaundice color) and anemia (related to low red blood cell count). Haven't heard of amoxicillin or penicillin causing increased problems in G6PD-deficient patients. ...Read more

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I'm having nausea, could it be g6pd deficiency and what are the other symptoms?

I'm having nausea, could it be g6pd deficiency and what are the other symptoms?

Hmmmm....: Nausea can be seen in patients with g6pd, just like anyone else but., this is not the first thing that I think of in a g6pd patient with nausea. If you are worried that you may have had an exposure that is precipitating a hemolytic crisis, you should see your dr. ...Read more

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My son has g6pd deficiency. Is there a possibility that my new baby has the same problem?

My son has g6pd deficiency.  Is there a possibility that my new baby has the same problem?

Girl or boy?: G6pd is an x chromosome-linked recessive condition. If your new baby is a boy, he has a 50% chance of also having g6pd (you are a carrier = one normal gene and one affected gene). If your new baby is a girl, she will not have g6pd (assuming the father does not have g6pd). ...Read more

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What is the best formula milk is prohibited for my 3mos old baby she is g6pd deficiency.thanks?

What is the best formula milk is prohibited for my 3mos old baby she is g6pd deficiency.thanks?

Tough answer: Fresh cow's milk is safe. Do call one of the formula company in your area like mead Johnson and ask for specialized formula. No formula I know of is completely safe. Having said that all options out there like goat's milk, almond milk have their deficiencies. Sorry for this complex answer. Fava bean avoidance, extension of that would be all legume avoidance is a must. So Soy would be a general NO. ...Read more

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Are there diff versions of G6PD deficiency? If so how these differences are established? By blood test may be?

Are there diff versions of G6PD deficiency? If so how these differences are established? By blood test may be?

Genetic testing: G6pd is due to mutations in the gene. Like other genes there are multiple mutations that can produce the same end result. It is not a usual blood test by DNA analysis. You may consult this site for more details:
https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase-deficiency ...Read more

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G6pd deficiency is a blood disorder, right?so if someone has it and they're symptomatic, why isn't it taken seriously? Can't it be dangerous

See below: Being that you are a woman, your symptoms are highly unlikely to be due to G6pd deficiency, unless you happen to be homozygous for the deficiency. You may consult this site for more information.
https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase-deficiency
For good health — Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What is Vitamins for G6PD DEFICIENCY for kids?

Vitamin K & C: I have attached a link below which has a list of common drugs and food items that should be avoided and the associated risk of hemolysis if ingested. Hopefully this helps with other food items as well.

http://www.g6pd.org/en/G6PDDeficiency/SafeUnsafe.aspx ...Read more

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Good vitamins for a kid that has G6PD DEFICIENCY?

Good vitamins for a kid that has G6PD DEFICIENCY?

Best to talk with a : Pediatrician. This type of deficiency is very specific, and also involves staying away from certain drugs, medications, foods that are metabolized by this pathway, especially not using Tylenol (acetaminophen). So, the best approach is to speak to the pediatrician first, then get counseling from a nutritional consultant on the foods to stay away, websites available. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take NyQuil or DayQuil if you have G6PD deficiency?

Safe: As fast as I can tell, the ingredients in these medications have not been reported to cause hemolysis in people with g6pd deficiency. It's best to check with your pharmacist who can give you information about medications that you must avoid. ...Read more

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I am having back pain and confusion, could it be g6pd deficiency?

I am having back pain and confusion, could it be g6pd deficiency?

not likely: The back pain may be anything from muscle spasm to urinary issues. The confusion worries me. If you are confused, you must be seen immediately--in a clinic or er because you could be having a reaction to a medication or a blood sugar issue. Have you fallen or hurt yourself. Any jaundice or dizziness? G6pd is more associated with hemolytic anemia and jaundice. Infection may also be considered. ...Read more

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My baby is months old. And she is positive og g6pd deficiency . Can I give her cow milk / fresh milk?

? age ? not listed: Your babies age was not listed. We encourage mothers to breast feed or use formula until a year of age before switching to cow milk. The cow milk by itself should never be a problem. You should avoid soy based foods or milk or anything related to peanuts. The big issue for these kids is the numerous drugs that can trigger blood breakdown. You should always inform any treating doc of the G6PD issue ...Read more

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I am g6pd deficient. I had a severe reaction to cephalosporin. Should this medication be avoided since I am g6pd deficient or is this another reaction that has nothing to do with my g6pd deficiency?

Not G6PD Deficiency: The g6pd deficiency association's website, g6pd. Org, has lists of unsafe drugs and foods for people with g6pd. (not cephalosporins) in g6pd deficiency, if a drug or food causes oxidant stress, hemolytic anemia, or breakdown of red blood cells, can occur. Cephalosporins can be associated with allergic reactions and rarely with hemolytic anemia, but the reason for the hemolysis is different. ...Read more

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If g6pd deficiency happened, how long will it take to be jaundice occur?

If g6pd deficiency happened, how long will it take to be jaundice occur?

G6PD doesn't happen: G6pd deficiency doesn't happen, unless rarely from blood transfusion. One is born with it. Certain foods and medicines will cause jaundice from the hemolytic anemia. ...Read more

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How does g6pd deficiency lead to hydrops fetalis?

How does g6pd deficiency lead to hydrops fetalis?

G6PD: G6PD is a deficiency in an enzyme which is important in the stability of the RBC membrane. Shortened RBC survival (hemolysis) occurs in response to a variety of triggers (infection, medications, stress) resulting in soft tissue edema in the cavities of the fetal body. ...Read more

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How could g6pd deficiency will result to hydrops fetalis?

How could g6pd deficiency will result to hydrops fetalis?

Severe anemia: Babies who have very severe anemia before they are born develop hydrops fetalis. Very severe forms of G6PD deficiency lead to severe anemia in the uterus since the red blood cells cannot protect themselves from oxidative damage. ...Read more

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Can you explain to me how does g6pd deficiency will lead to hydrops fetalis?

Can you explain to me how does g6pd deficiency will lead to hydrops fetalis?

Severe anemia: Severe G6PD deficiency can cause severe anemia and increased bilirubin and can cause hydrops fetalis. Exposure by Mom to certain drugs, certain foods--fava bean-- exposure to moth balls napthalene--can trigger a severe reaction and may be responsible for hydrops fetalis. ...Read more

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Is there any problem with giving grapefruit juice or red graoefruit juice to a 19 months child. And if he has g6pd deficiency?

Is there any problem with giving grapefruit juice or red graoefruit juice to a 19 months child. And if he has g6pd deficiency?

Yes: Do not consume foods or supplements that contain large amounts of vitamin c, also called ascorbic acid, or artificial blue dyes... There is more great info on livestrong. Com and http://g6pddeficiency. Org. ...Read more

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Is it safe for someone with a blood disorder g6pd deficiency go scuba diving?

Is it safe for someone with a blood disorder g6pd deficiency go scuba diving?

Yes, but: There are no major problems with pressure exposure. The problem can be with travel where medications for travel and unusual foods might cause a risk for hemolysis. You should have medical info with you. Many of the great places to dive in the world are somewhat isolated.
For more info you can check with dan. They have a list of great resources. ...Read more

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I have G6PD deficiency, One medical professional explained it could make me anemic, but another told me it could make my blood clot. Which is it?

I have G6PD deficiency, One medical professional explained it could make me anemic, but another told me it could make my blood clot. Which is it?

Hemolytic anemia: Is the most common symptom. Hemolysis is the destruction of red cells by the body due to their fragility. In G6PD the red cells are sensitive to certain drugs or chemicals like anti-malaria drugs, aniline dyes, foods like fava beans or bitter melon and infections. Clotting is not usually a manifestation. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more