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What can cause angular cheilitis besides anemia or vitamin deficiency?

What can cause angular cheilitis besides anemia or vitamin deficiency?

Many things: Classically vitamin B12 or iron deficiency is the text book answer, but in the us today, this type of inflammation is more often caused by topical trauma, such as wind, cosmetics, or mouth pieces used in some sports. Some medicines cause the mouth and lips to become dry, and occasional allergic reactions to meds or foods have been reported. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more


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Lips suddenly became dry, tight (at corners)& very chapped. Had angular cheilitis before so is this a recurring condition? No known vitamin deficiency

Lips suddenly became dry, tight (at corners)& very chapped. Had angular cheilitis before so is this a recurring condition? No known vitamin deficiency

Low oil in the: diet can produce dry and cracking skin. Check w/doc first but 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil daily may be helpful. You can dip bread in it, take it off the spoon, or put it in a shake. Avoid skin creams containing alcohol. I see that you also have dry hair. This may help w/that also. Peace and good health. Most make up is bad for skin, e.g., lipstick. Use a brand from the health food store. ...Read more

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My 12 yr old boy has brown finger nails and toe nails. Is that a anemia or vitamin deficiency? He's tried a lot.

My 12 yr old boy has brown finger nails and toe nails. Is that a anemia or vitamin deficiency? He's tried a lot.

Brown nails: 5 things come to mind:1)fungal infection 2) zinc deficiency also known as acrodemaritis enteropathica 3) smoking unlikely 4) darier disease (keratosis follicularis) or 5) iodine poisoning. Better to see a good internist or dermatologist or a good podiatrist. Thanks. ...Read more

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What is the relationship between vitamin deficiency and pernicious anemia?

What is the relationship between vitamin deficiency and pernicious anemia?

It's the cause: Pernicious anemia is caused by vitamin B12 deficiency, which is most commonly caused by lack of intrinsic factor, which is a protein that's made in your stomach. Other causes of low B12 and other vitamin deficiencies can cause a nearly identical anemia, but then they are not called "pernicious" anemia. ...Read more

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Hello doctor, I am having chronic illness from past 5-6 years. Fatigue ,difficult to concentrate, vitamin deficiency anemia but normal now, zigzag vision,lack of sleep . All reports are normal CT scan ,MRI,thyroid etc. I am taking migraine medication past

Hello doctor,
I am having chronic illness from past 5-6 years. Fatigue ,difficult to concentrate, vitamin deficiency anemia but normal now, zigzag vision,lack of sleep .
All reports are normal CT scan ,MRI,thyroid etc. I am taking migraine medication past

See below: Your symptoms may be due to one disease or several diseases. Health Tap is not meant to try and diagnose complicated illnesses with multiple symptoms. Please don't try to diagnose your condition on line, it will only confuse and frighten you. If you want to find out what is wrong you must see a Dr. for a careful medical history and examination. Good luck. I hope you get well soon. ...Read more

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Can pernicious anemia or severe vitamin B12 deficiency cause chronic non-specific duodenitis??

Can pernicious anemia or severe vitamin B12 deficiency cause chronic non-specific duodenitis??

Not clear: No clear evidence for the causal-effect relationship between the two. PA is an autoimmue-mediated destruction of parietal cells in stomach, resuling in impairmnent of B12 absorption. Certainly it is possible that pernicious anemia may co-exist or exacerbate duodenitis via immune process or loss of balance in duodenal fluid, or anemia. But the causal-effect relationship is not well established. ...Read more

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Why we treat megaloblastic anemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency with folates (folic acid)?

Why we treat megaloblastic anemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency with folates (folic acid)?

We don't: Megaloblastic anemia caused by B12 deficiency is treated with b12. Folate (folic acid) deficiency also causes meg. Anemia. Some with B12 deficiency are also deficient in b12, but if one has low B12 ; isn't deficient in folate (folic acid) there's no need to supplement with it. But it won't hurt to take folate (folic acid);if you're among the 1/3 of people with problems converting Folic Acid to it's active form you should take l-5-mthf. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Vitamin Deficiency (Definition)

Vitamin deficiency is a symptom in which a person has lower than normal levels (on blood testing) of one or more vitamins, usually due to not eating a good diet. Some medical conditions decrease the absorption of vitamins from food, even if ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Namey
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Vitamins And Supplements (Definition)

Vitamins and supplements are compounds that are produced and ...Read more