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Does extra dietary iron affect the skin?

Does extra dietary iron affect the skin?

It can: In genetically susceptible individuals iron is absorbed in excess and gets deposited in many organs, including skin. It makes the person looks like having a persistent tan. However, damage to the liver, heart, pancreas, and adrenals can have far more serious implications. ...Read more

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I got hit in the left topmost part of the head severely by an iron gate, a month ago. I took pain-killers, yet the pain didn't go. Help!

I got hit in the left topmost part of the head severely by an iron gate, a month ago. I took pain-killers, yet the pain didn't go. Help!

A significant blow: To the scalp causing a force down the long axis of your body is a potentially significant injury not only to the skull and underlying brain, but to the axial skeleton particularly the neck. I hope you had appropriate exam and if indicated, imaging studies. Don't just rely on analgesics. If that kind of pain persists go back to your doctor. ...Read more

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Can skin discolored patches be related to iron?

Can skin discolored patches be related to iron?

Dark skin: If an iron infusion leaks outside the vein, it can definitely darken the skin. Intramuscular iron injections can stain too. Iron from our own blood cells leaking out from weak veins in our legs can also make our ankles dark. That's why people with swollen legs and bad circulation often have dark brown ankles. ...Read more

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Which type of food has enough iron for me skin?

Which type of food has enough iron for me skin?

Healthy diet: Sources of iron - egg yolk, molasses, raisin bran, raisins, prunes, dried apricots, figs, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, split green peas, enriched cereals, enriched macaroni, spinach, greens, broccoli, lima beans, avocado. Cook in a cast iron pan. The following foods can help your body absorb iron better: orange, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruit, broccoli, brussels sprouts. ...Read more

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Very low iron and borderline ferritin level. I have skin bronzing since 2 years. What can it be?

Very low iron and borderline ferritin level. I have skin bronzing since 2 years. What can it be?

Find cause: Your physician will pursue a workup to explain your apparent (not proved) iron deficiency -- it may be as simple as heavy periods or a few pregnancies, or as potentially deadly as a gut cancer or ulcer. I hope you are not on an unhealthy diet -- an unsupplemented vegetable-based and an empty-calories diet are equally likely to make you sick with iron deficiency. Good luck. ...Read more

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My one year old was burnt from the steam from the iron and now the burnt skin is coming off....Is that normal?

My one year old was burnt from the steam from the iron and now the burnt skin is coming off....Is that normal?

Full Thickness Burn: This describes a full thickness burn. Your toddler needs medical attention especially if the burn is to the face, fingers, over a joint. Small children move especially fast- it is important to keep hot items away from them. Perhaps having your child in playpen or crib may be safest while ironing. ...Read more

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Rbcs are within the normal range but the iron is low (37). I feel that there is something wrong with my head. Why?

Rbcs are within the normal range but the iron is low (37). I feel that there is something wrong with my head. Why?

Early Fe deficiency?: Early iron deficincy produces feeling poorly before it produces anemia. You'll be checked for blood loss and your diet and (if you're a woman) periods and pregnancies will be reviewed. Your physician would do well to continue looking for some explanation for your other symptoms. ...Read more

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My hairs are extremely damaged by hot straightening iron if I shave off my head will my head grow healthy thick hairs?

My hairs are extremely damaged by hot straightening iron if I shave off my head will my head grow healthy thick hairs?

Nobody knows- perhap: Nobody knows for sure. It may, perhaps. You can only try and see what happens. If there is no damage to the scalp- like scar tissue etc from the hot iron- and as long as your nutrition is good- yes, I think there is a good chance that you hair will be better than your hair now. I don't know about whether it is going to be thick hairs-but I think, it would be better than your hair now. ...Read more

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Hi I burned myslef in the middle of the neck with a curling iron and the skin was hanging there for about a week it came off and now the skin is white?

Hi I burned myslef in the middle of the neck with a curling iron and the skin was hanging there for about a week it came off and now the skin is white?

White scar tissue: Without much capillary perfusion (red blood cells in capillaries is what creates the usual pink tone of skin color). Without much capillary perfusion, skin is yellowish-white, yellow due to color of the collagen proteins around the fibroblast cells. The color difference will likely fade over time. A good dermatologist can likely help with the cosmetics, especially earlier on in healing process. ...Read more

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I dropped my curling iron on my brest two dats ago and it burned it. The skin turned black then peeled off. What should I put on the burn?

I dropped my curling iron on my brest two dats ago and it burned it. The skin turned black then peeled off. What should I put on the burn?

Vaseline ointment: What you describe is most likely a 1st degree burn. This is a superficial burns which affects only the epidermis, causing redness & discomfort. There is no scarring but you may have discoloration. Healing occurs in 3-5 days, injured epithelium peels away from the healthy skin. Best way to treat this is to apply a thin layer of vaseline 2-3x/day and let time do the rest. ...Read more

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Can iron supplements tan skin?

Can iron supplements tan skin?

If abused: You have to really overdo iron supplements and probably have a genetic predisposition, but you might be able to give yourself the gray-bronze of iron overload / hemochromatosis. You don't want this; it'll ruin everything from your liver to your love life. ...Read more

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My one year old was burnt from the steam of the iron on her leg and now the skin is coming off. Is this normal?

My one year old was burnt from the steam of the iron on her leg and now the skin is coming off. Is this normal?

Steam burn from: Iron on leg of one year old presenting as peeling of the skin sounds more like a first degree burn. Usually they heal on their own within a week. You can give tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for pain, apply cold compresses, aloe gels. See your pediatrician if increase pain, presence of blisters and redness, area is getting infected and the skin is painful to touch. ...Read more

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Best way to treat a 3" burn from an iron? Top layer of skin (brown and puffed) torn off by a bandaid after 24 hours, leaving raw skin.

Best way to treat a 3" burn from an iron? Top layer of skin (brown and puffed) torn off by a bandaid after 24 hours, leaving raw skin.

Keep it greased: Your best end result will occur if you keep it clean and protected. Any antibacterial ointment or petroleum jelly should work. Keep it greased until the area is less vulnerable, probably 3-5 days and look out for signs of infection. You may cover it to avoid transferring ointment to your clothes or to keep dirt out. Good luck! ...Read more

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Oka today I went to the clinic I told them about my dizziness, head aches, cramping, they gave me heartburn medicine, and iron pills I don't understand wh?

Oka today I went to the clinic I told them about my dizziness, head aches, cramping, they gave me heartburn medicine, and iron pills I don't understand wh?

Not sure: Maybe they found anemia which could cause symptoms - get copies of blood and look at them closely ; may want to see another doctor who pays better attention to your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can iron supplements cause skin darkening?

Possibly: Oral iron supplements do not cause skin color changes. Iron injections into muscle or skin can result is iron deposits in the skin causing color change locally at the site of injection. If your skin is changing color all over, however, and you are iron deficient, you should be seeing your doctor since some rare skin changes like color change are a distant manifestation rarely of a hidden cancer. ...Read more

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Can iron supplements help with translucent skin?

Can iron supplements help with translucent skin?

Not so much: While any form of anemia can be associated with pallor or poor skin color, if a person is fair complected iron won't change that. ...Read more

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What is an iron transfer I am low on iron & yellow in skin color

I: I am assuming you are referring to an iron transfusion. If this was recommended then you are dealing with a severe iron deficiency anemia and possibly another issue as indicated by your skin discoloration. To answer your question, a irn tranfer is a procedure where an IV (intravenous) line is placed in your arm and an entire iron dosage is administered in a single dose. This procedure is usually done for convenience to the patient because daily iron supplements are eliminated. This may need to be repeated in three months, your doctor will be able to give you a complete treatment plan.
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Constant vertigo. Head rush whenever I change position. Tried more iron and water but no change. 4 days now of this.

Constant vertigo. Head rush whenever I change position. Tried more iron and water but no change. 4 days now of this.

Vestibular neuritis: Based on your young age the most likely culprit is vestibular neuritis especially if you also feel off balance. If you suffer from migraines this could be vestibular migraine associated with prolonged vertigo. More details needed for correct dx. ...Read more

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Does showering with highly iron concentrated water will make the iron penetrate the skin and go in the blood stream? Does iron penetrates skin?

No absorption: Iron from the leaching of your pipes in the water supply will not be absorbed through the skin. It is not toxic so there is no harm either. If you are iron deficient, there are very inexpensive supplements in any pharmacy. ...Read more

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My skin got burn when I was playing I slept and iron got attach to my skin and dark circle is there in my skin how can in remove it please tell me?

My skin got burn when I was playing I slept and iron got attach to my skin and dark circle is there in my skin how can in remove it please tell me?

Let heal: Burns need to be treated aggressively so as not to get infected. Once the healing has taken place, there may be a scar left over. If the scar remains, and you are not comfortable with it, you may need to consult a plastic surgeon or dermatologist to see what treatments are available for you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Iron deposits in lower leg skin how do I get rid of or lighten?

Iron deposits in lower leg skin how do I get rid of or lighten?

Difficult: There is not much that can be done for hemosiderin, or iron, deposits in the legs. For all practical purposes, it is permanent. ...Read more

Iron (Definition)

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