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How To Prevent Vitamin A Deficiency
Little effect: Vitamin a deficiency in the usa is extremely rare and only occurs with extreme diets. Chicken liver can give you and extra amount of this vitamin but the effect will not be noticed. Infection risk is not related to vitamin a level unless you have an extreme lowering which is difficult to do in this country. ...Read more
Vitamin A helps form and maintain healthy teeth, skeletal and soft tissue, mucous membranes, and skin. It is also known as retinol because it produces the pigments in the retina of the eye. Vitamin A promotes good vision, especially in low light. It may also be needed ...Read more
Take some Vitamin A: If you have a proven vitamin a deficiency, then oral and injectable vitamin a treatments are available. Night blindness, xerophthalmia, and susceptibility to infection are signs of true vitamin a deficiency. Vomiting, loss of appetite, and muscle pain are signs of vitamin a overdose. Be under medical care for this--do not self diagnose or treat! ...Read more
Rare in USA: Common in the 3rd world leading mainly to corneal changes and diminution of vision. Usually in children who have diets restricted in vitamin a. Easily correct with teas made from vitamin a containing herbs found growing wild locally but hampered by ignorance and poor distribution of knowledge of this remedy. ...Read more
Children / 3rd world: Common in the 3rd world leading mainly to corneal changes and diminution of vision. Usually in children who have diets restricted in vitamin a. Easily correct with teas made from vitamin a containing herbs found growing wild locally but hampered by ignorance and poor distribution of knowledge of this remedy. ...Read more
Since keratosis pilaris is caused by a vitamin a deficiency, would eating food with vitamin a clear it?
Maybe: This can thicken the keratin layer. However, i'd warn you strongly against either self-diagnosing vitamin a deficiency or accepting this diagnosis from a fringe practitioner without labs or a ready explanation. A reasonably normal diet will supply your vitamin a needs unless you have malabsorption, which is itself a serious situation. And if you have acne, start treating it scientifically. ...Read more
Rare: It take an extraordinary elimination diet to get vitamin a levels low enough to affect vision in the first world. The only known cases in such circumstances have been those on extreme diets such as all polished rice for over a year. There; are causes for night blindness. Which your ophthalmologist can diagnose, but vitamin a deficiency is unlikely. ...Read more
Unlikely: Acne can flare due to stress. Stress can cause vit b deficiency. Alcohol is physiologically stressful and can also cause vit b deficiency but does not directly cause acne flare ups. Lack of sleep, sun burn or damage, or hormonescan also cause acne to flare up. Good health is necessary for skin health and taking vitamins will not hurt the acne in any way. Water is also helpful for skin health. ...Read more
Vitamin deficiency: Not usually. Vitamin deficiencies are usually due to dietary deficiencies, but rarely can be related to problems absorbing nutrients. That may be due to a genetic defect. ...Read more
How can I treat a vitamin a deficiency, night blindness, xerophthalmia, and follicular keratosis?
took my first anti anxiety pill yesterday (cipramil) and took a B12 vitamin today. Is it okay to take these vitamins to prevent deficiency?
B12/Celexa: If there is B12 deficiency, it would help. ...Read more
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