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Are yellow fingertips a symptom of an iron deficiency?

Are yellow fingertips a symptom of an iron deficiency?

No: Only a blood test for fe levels will determine that. If iron deficiency is causing anemia, there are various signs on physical exam to look for anemia. ...Read more

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Vitamin Deficiency (Definition)

A vitamin deficiency is when the body has low levels of one or more essential vitamins. Deficiencies of different vitamins can lead ...Read more


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I bruise frequently. Is this a sign of a vitamin deficiency?

I bruise frequently. Is this a sign of a vitamin deficiency?

Easy bruising: The most common causes of easy bruising are: (1) taking Aspirin or similar anti-inflammatory medication (including steroids); having a platelet defect (which is what Aspirin causes) but there are other diseases that can do this; taking a blood thinner (eg, warfarin). Among the vitamin deficiency causes, inadequate vitamin c intake is the one most often associated with bruising and bleeding (gums). ...Read more

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I bruise frequently. Is this a sign of a vitamin deficiency?

Dr. Colin Kerr Dr. Kerr
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I bruise frequently. Is this a sign of a vitamin deficiency?

Easy bruising: The most common causes of easy bruising are: (1) taking Aspirin or similar anti-inflammatory medication (including steroids); having a platelet defect (which is what Aspirin causes) but there are other diseases that can do this; taking a blood thinner (eg, warfarin). Among the vitamin deficiency causes, inadequate vitamin c intake is the one most often associated with bruising and bleeding (gums). ...Read more

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I have grey skin in palms of hands. Is this a vitamin deficiency?

I have grey skin in palms of hands. Is this a vitamin deficiency?

See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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Is there a sign of a vitamin E deficiency?

Is there a sign of a vitamin E deficiency?

Rare: Frank vitamin E deficiency is rare and overt deficiency symptoms have not been found in healthy people who obtain little vitamin E from their diets. If there is a deficiency symptoms include poor transmission of nerve impulses, muscle weakness, and retinal degeneration that leads to blindness. ...Read more

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Frequent urination and vitamin d deficiency. Is there a connection?

Frequent urination and vitamin d deficiency. Is there a connection?

No known connection: The institute of medicine recently lowered the threshold for a vitamin d deficiency from 30ng/ml to 20 ng/ml so the probability of you even having a vitamin d deficiency is very low. If you are concerned, have a doctor do a simple blood test to check your levels. Frequent urination, associated with increased thirst, may indicate elevated blood sugar. Again, if so, see a doctor to be tested. ...Read more

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Is it true that diarrhea be a symptom of anemia (iron deficiency)?

Is it true that diarrhea be a symptom of anemia (iron deficiency)?

Indirectly: What i mean there is a disorder called celiac disease which does not allow the person to tolerate gluten. One of the symptoms is malabsorption and this can be manifested by diarrhea. Sometimes the only sign of celiac disease is iron deficiency. However, this is rare. One way to test for malabsorption of iron is checking a fasting carotene level. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is milk a common cause of iron deficiency?

Is milk a common cause of iron deficiency?

Yes.: In toddlers, this is a common contributor of iron deficiency. In order to effectively correct the iron deficiency, it requires iron supplementation and a limiting of milk intake. Milk has a low iron content, can interfere with iron absorption, and can cause low levels of bleeding from the intestines. All of these can cause iron deficiency. ...Read more

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Is skin darkening a sign of some disease?

Is skin darkening a sign of some disease?

Yes, depends on site: Brownish discoloration about the ankle area may be due to venous insufficiency. Dark, velvety skin about body creases (armpits, groin, neck) may be seen in those with cancer. Some medications, and hormones can cause darkening of the skin. It is best to seek medical evaluation for this. ...Read more

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Is vit b 12 deficiency a symptom of crohnes?

Is vit b 12 deficiency a symptom of crohnes?

Possibly: It could be. Especially if you have had part of your ileum surgically removed. If not, it may be very inflamed. You may need injectable forms of B12 if you can't get your levels up through oral supplementation ...Read more

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Is hair loss a symptom of folic acid deficiency?

Is hair loss a symptom of folic acid deficiency?

Hair loss: Hair loss may occur in those with dietary disorders, iron deficiency, hypothyroidism, low estrogen states. I am not aware of Folic Acid as an individual cause. ...Read more

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Can chronic diarrhea be the cause of a vitamin D deficiency?

Can chronic diarrhea be the cause of a vitamin D deficiency?

Maybe: Hi. If you get most of your vit. D from your diet (instead of from sun exposure), malabsorption can cause vit. D deficiency. So causes of malabsorption are associated with diarrhea, so there can be a connection. In general, I'd say chronic diarrhea needs a good work up by a gastroenterologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the likely cause of vitamin d deficiency?

No sun, poor intake: Vitamin d deficiency can happen either when you get an adequate intake through your diet or have inadequate exposure to uv light from the sun. Some foods, such as cows milk in the United States, are supplemented with vitamin d to help boost intakes. You can get a good dose from sun exposure by keeping your arms and legs exposed to direct sunlight without sunscreen for about 10 to 15 minutes during the months of the year when you can get uvb light from the sun. In indiana that is true from mid april until early november. ...Read more

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What are the causes of a vitamin d deficiency?

What are the causes of a vitamin d deficiency?

Several things: First an inadequate amount of vitamin d in the diet, or the inability to absorb vitamin d and fats (d is fat soluable). Also, inadequate exposure to sunlight, which converts vitamin d to its active form. Being a radiologist and working in a dark room all day, i'm surprised more of my colleagues don't have it! ...Read more

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What is best test for magnesium deficiency: blood (which), urine or symptoms list? Is it true that a twitch in eyelid is a sign of magn deficiency?

What is best test for magnesium deficiency: blood (which), urine or symptoms list? Is it true that a twitch in eyelid is a sign of magn deficiency?

Magnesium Deficiency: There is a 24 hour urine test and a cell scraping test for magnesium. Symptoms of mag. Deficiency include hyperexcitability, dizziness, muscle cramps, muscle weakness and fatigue, irregular heartbeat. Muscle spasms and tremors can also happen. Eyelid twitching could occur, but there are many other more common causes of this. Mag. Is found in leafy green vegetable, soybeans, cashews and other nuts. ...Read more

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Thinning nails and hair are an indication of what? A mineral/vitamin deficiency?

Thinning nails and hair are an indication of what? A mineral/vitamin deficiency?

Thinning nails and : Actually, this is to questions, and i show address the thing of nails. Thinning of nails is most often thought to be an age related phenomenon. As we age our nails get sooner and more brittle and well this is most commonly age-related, there are conditions such as thyroid deficiencies which can cause this. ...Read more

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What is the cause of vitamin d deficiency in sailors?

Vit d def in sailors: It could be from both nutrtional def and lack of sunlight if the saiore are sailing in areas with low or no sunlight ( e.g. Always foggy). ...Read more

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How long does pale skin associated with vitamin deficiency last?

How long does pale skin associated with vitamin deficiency last?

Sun exposure needed: Some people have naturally pale skin complexion and so it is normal for those folks. In temperate zone, skin tone is somewhat darker in summer months and gets lighter with fall/winter. If your skin has always been so, then it it normal. Getting vitd supplement orally won't help your skin color, only sun exposure will. But should balance the risk of sunburn/cancer etc... Good luck. ...Read more

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Please tell me what vitamin deficiency causes head aches, sleepiness, and pale skin?

Please tell me what vitamin deficiency causes head aches, sleepiness, and pale skin?

Iron Def Anemia: This is Iron Def Anemia ., Most likely due to blood loss . In women in the reproductive age , it could be due to heavy menstruation . Other causes , maybe due to blood loss from the Gastro intestinal tract . It is detected by having a blood count . If YOU think you have any type of ANEMIA , please see your PCP for work up & Diagnosis . ...Read more

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MCV 77.4,MCH 24.9, RDW 14.8, HGB 14.8. Ferritin 288. Vit. D27ng. Take Iron 65mg Vitamin D and B12 everyday. cycle of being tired/ pale skin. last a wk?

MCV 77.4,MCH 24.9, RDW 14.8, HGB 14.8. Ferritin 288. Vit. D27ng. Take Iron 65mg Vitamin D and B12 everyday.
cycle of being tired/ pale skin. last a wk?

Hb upper normal, not: ?: anemia unlikely basis for fatigue. MCV a little? c/w ?iron, yet Hb good: bone marrow has enough iron, B12 & folic acid to make plenty of RBCs. Vit D (D3=what counts) is ?, common in US. Rec: 70-80 ng/mL, & most Vit Ds (Rx & OTC) do not work well. BioTech D3 50,000 IU 1 of few I have never seen fail, yet dose tracking/adjust key & not likely basis fatigue. Pale=local capillary flow; not=anemia. ...Read more

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My face skin has uneven skin tone, some blemishes and even some marks, i just want to know is it because of some vitamin deficiency or something else?

My face skin has uneven skin tone, some blemishes and even some marks, i just want to know is it because of some vitamin deficiency or something else?

Usually not: An uneven skin tone is usually the result of alterations in melanin, the pigment that gives skin and hair their color. It can also result from repeated exposure to UV light and sun damage which can stimulate melanin. In women hormones play a role. Also the effects of acne & scarring can impact skin tone. Hypopigmentation (lighter skin) can result from fungal infections, inflammation or vitiligo. ...Read more

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Been feeling light headed cant feel my skin, cant tell the difference between hot or cold like i used to. not eating very healthy foods. or exercising like i normally would. Do i have a vitamin deficiency?

Been feeling light headed cant feel my skin, cant tell the difference between hot or cold like i used to. not eating very healthy foods. or exercising like i normally would. Do i have a vitamin deficiency?

Probably not!: Vitamin deficiencies are very rare in the US. You have to really work at getting one. If you eat any sort of a reasonable diet with a mixture of fruits and veggies and an occasional meat dish you won't develop a vitamin deficiency. Just follow the sales in the markets but if you feel you must take a one-a-day vitamin capsule. As to your other issues go see a live Doctor. ...Read more

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If you have a vitamin deficiency will it cause head parethesia or a head tingling sensation? If so what vitamin would you be deficient in?

If you have a vitamin deficiency will it cause head parethesia or a head tingling sensation? If so what vitamin would you be deficient in?

Vitamin deficiency: Vitamin deficiency can cause neuropathy not particularly head tingling or paresthesia. Usually b12 and folic acid are reported with neuropathy symptoms. You can try them but have it checked out, as this alone may not be the reason for it. Even if you take vitamins its not harmful ...Read more

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I have grey skin in palms of hands. Is this a vitamin deficiency?

See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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Does vitamin deficiency cause skin crawling and biting sensations?

It may ...see below: Peripheral neuropathy is a common cause for crawling sensation of bugs on skin. It happens when the peripheral nerves are damaged due to reasons such as vitamin b1, b6, B12 deficiency, diabetes mellitus, after a traumatic injury to the nerves, alcoholism, compression of nerves due to an awkward posture, thyroid disorder, just to name a few. So...Yes to the possible deficiency question. ...Read more

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What can I do if my 5 year old daughter has a vitamin deficiency in her skin?

See pediatrician: Start with a visit to your pediatrician for a complete history and physical exam. They may choose to do some blood work and/or refer you to a specialist: a nutritionist, allergist, immunologist or dermatologist might be needed. Louisville has access to all of these specialists. Schedule an appointment with your daughter's doctor today! ...Read more

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My 7yr old has white spots on her cheeks(& nowhere else). They seem to be under the skin, not scales/rash. Is it vitamin deficiency or something else?

My 7yr old has white spots on her cheeks(& nowhere else). They seem to be under the skin, not scales/rash. Is it vitamin deficiency or something else?

Pityriasis alba: It sounds like you're describing pityriasis alba. Pityriasis alba is a condition that results from dry skin and is very common in children. It is a patchy lightening of the skin (not a starchy white depigmentation of the skin). It is not scaly and is usually asymptomatic. It tends to look worse in the summer as the affected skin does not tan. Most cases resolve in puberty when skin becomes oily. ...Read more

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My skin is very sensitive. If I touch my chest, even lightly, I get red rash and bruise easily. Is this a cause for concern? Vitamin deficiency?

My skin is very sensitive.  If I touch my chest, even lightly, I get red rash and bruise easily.  Is this a cause for concern?  Vitamin deficiency?

Dermatographism?: ... is a skin disorder seen in 4–5% of the world's population and is one of the most common types of urticaria, in which the skin becomes raised and inflamed when stroked, scratched, rubbed, and sometimes even slapped. ...Read more

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While stress/thyroid/vitamin deficiency can cause hair loss, is hair loss around the crown of the head normal?

While stress/thyroid/vitamin deficiency can cause hair loss, is hair loss around the crown of the head normal?

Male pattern loss: Hair loss around the crown of the head in men, is usually part of male pattern hair loss -- and while upsetting to many men, is "normal." http://www.Webmd.Com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/hair-loss-introduction-mens some research is now developing about vitamin d in this situation -- it's not ready for clinical application yet, as it's only gone as far as animal research. ...Read more

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Tingling all over whole body all the time now for over A week. It's in both arms, legs back, neck, head n moves. This must be a vitamin deficiency?

Tingling all over whole body all the time now for over A week. It's in both arms, legs back, neck, head n moves. This must be a vitamin deficiency?

Could be: A vitamin b 11 deficiency and can easily have it checked by a blood test. It does not sound like that however. You should probably have a full evaluation by your doc and maybe a neurological evaluation ...Read more

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Got pale skin and vit d deficiency, my blood test/liver function test/thyroid test result were normal. So what would be posible cause of pale?

Genetics and sun: Pale skin is not a disease. The color of skin is determined by genetics and sun exposure. If your genes give you pale skin and you don't get a lot of sun, you'll be pale. Vitamin d deficiency doesn't make you pale. Lack of sun, however, will make you pale and give you vitamin d deficiency. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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I bruise frequently. Is this a sign of a vitamin deficiency?

Dr. Colin Kerr Dr. Kerr
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Easy bruising: The most common causes of easy bruising are: (1) taking Aspirin or similar anti-inflammatory medication (including steroids); having a platelet defect (which is what Aspirin causes) but there are other diseases that can do this; taking a blood thinner (eg, warfarin). Among the vitamin deficiency causes, inadequate vitamin c intake is the one most often associated with bruising and bleeding (gums). ...Read more

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I bruise frequently. Is this a sign of a vitamin deficiency?

Easy bruising: The most common causes of easy bruising are: (1) taking Aspirin or similar anti-inflammatory medication (including steroids); having a platelet defect (which is what Aspirin causes) but there are other diseases that can do this; taking a blood thinner (eg, warfarin). Among the vitamin deficiency causes, inadequate vitamin c intake is the one most often associated with bruising and bleeding (gums). ...Read more

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Losing hairs from sideburns and temples and also the parting has widened a bit. Could this be coz of vitamin deficiency? Or is this a sign of aga?

Losing hairs from sideburns and temples and also the parting has widened a bit. Could this be coz of vitamin deficiency? Or is this a sign of aga?

Alopecia: There is a condition called alopecia which causes the hair to fall out. This is different from male pattern baldness which is genetic and not a disorder. A dermatologist can tell you if you have alopecia (an autoimmune disorder) treat it w/medication. Peace and good health. There is no relationship between masturbation and hair growth. ...Read more

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Vitamins And Supplements (Definition)

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Pale Skin (Definition)

Pale skin = light coloration of the external most ...Read more