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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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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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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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