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Which kind of vitamin / nutrition deficiencies cause brittle nails?

Which kind of vitamin / nutrition deficiencies cause brittle nails?

Silica: Is the first one I think of. Calcium can be another. There is a supplement called horsetail or hair, skin, and nails that is very helpful for many. See if that helps over three months...If not see your doctor. There is a great micronutrient test called spectracell (www. Spectracell. Com) that may also be helpful to you. ...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 have vitamin deficiency of d, calcium, b-12.Dr suggests extra. Vitamins. My nails never grew and brittle. Now they are strong and growing fast. Why?

I have vitamin deficiency of d, calcium, b-12.Dr suggests extra. Vitamins. My nails never grew and brittle. Now they are strong and growing fast. Why?

Vitamin D: Vitamin d is necessary for healthy nails, skin and bones as well as many other important functions in the body. ...Read more

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Can vitamin deficiency cause nails to pull away from the nail bed?

Can vitamin deficiency cause nails to pull away from the nail bed?

Vitamin deficiency: Yes, consider a and d deficiency as the likely culprit, however, some minerals also could be the cause, as well as metabolic disease. ...Read more

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Toenails are separating from nail bed, and hair falls out in large amounts, cause? No fungus, no TSH deficiency, no vitamin deficiency...

Toenails are separating from nail bed, and hair falls out in large amounts, cause? No fungus, no TSH deficiency, no vitamin deficiency...

Toenails: I don't know of a link between nail bed issues and hair loss.
However I think it is important for you to have your doctor refer you to podiatrist (foot doctor) while your doctor is looking into you hair loss. ...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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My 18 month old has a lot of white spots on his nails. Is that an indication of vitamin deficiency?

Not necessarily: Some kids and adults have them and nothing is wrong. But do get your kiddo checked to be sure. ...Read more

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Any vitamin health supplement recommendation for brittle nails and hair??

Any vitamin health supplement recommendation for brittle nails and hair??

NONE: Biotin, calcium, many others, are pitched to gullible people by unscrupulous con men. See a dermatologist if you have a significant issue. Nutrition is obtained from food. Eat your vegetables. There are THOUSANDS of nutrients in food which cannot be reproduced in any pill. People who eat normal food derive no benefit from vitamin pills. ...Read more

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I had tiny brown spots appear on my right hand seemingly overnight. There is no pain or itching. I am breastfeeding; could this be vitamin deficiency?

I had tiny brown spots appear on my right hand seemingly overnight. There is no pain or itching. I am breastfeeding; could this be vitamin deficiency?

Probably not: Since breastfeeding moms have been, and usually still are, taking prenatal vitamins or once-a-day multivitamins, having vitamin deficiencies to the point of actually getting symptoms are unlikely. If there are any other symptoms present, a primary care doctor can evaluate the rash and other symptoms. ...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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6 year old boy has thin splitting finger nails and toe nails, and teeth are decaying. Is there a vitamin deficiency?

6 year old boy has thin splitting finger nails and toe nails, and teeth are decaying. Is there a vitamin deficiency?

Syndrome: There a number of syndromes with these signs. See a dermatologist and your dentist. Have them consult with each other. ...Read more

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Dry skin and hair thinning, brittle nails, loose bowels, weak muscles, dry skin, poor digestion, fatigue, autoimmune, thyroid, vitamin, anemia r good?

Dry skin and hair thinning, brittle nails, loose bowels, weak muscles, dry skin, poor digestion, fatigue, autoimmune, thyroid, vitamin, anemia r good?

Thyroid?: Not sure what your question is, but some of symptoms sound like low thyroid function. Please consult your doctor for more tests. ...Read more

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Does ppi s cause B12 vitamin deficiency?

Does ppi s cause B12 vitamin deficiency?

YES!: Ppi's make it difficult for us to absorb B12 as gastric hydrochloric acid is needed to absorb B12 & minerals as well as digest protein. These drugs are dangerous to take for more than a few weeks! They increase risk of osteoporosis & serious infections. See http://bit. Ly/1607tg3 re: B12 & http://bit. Ly/1b1avqs &
http://bit. Ly/1ach2tw re: the serious hazards of ppi's & safe &superior alternatives. ...Read more

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What problems can a vitamin Deficiency cause.?

What problems can a vitamin Deficiency cause.?

Depends on Vitamin: Vitamins extremely common all foods, reason humans have not retained just a single gene/protein to make each out of whatever we eat. Vitamins sales are big business with lots of marketing & exempted from scientific evidence in us: DSHEA act 1994. Best eat real food, not all the abundant processed pretend food. If specific Vit. Deficiency suspected, measure from within body, set goal&target/replace ...Read more

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What are some underlying causes of vitamin deficiency? I'm d, b-12 deficient and have a high fetrin level.

What are some underlying causes of vitamin deficiency? I'm d, b-12 deficient and have a high fetrin level.

Different causes: Vitamin d deficiency is mainly due to lack of sunlight (although could also increase skin cancer risk). Vitamin B12 deficiency is more nutritional although it's also associated w/gastric disorders leading to loss of intrinsic factor. High ferritin suggests either infection or lots of iron. Best to check w/your family or whoever ordered these tests. Replacement of B12 & d is inexpensive & easy. ...Read more

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Can vitamin deficiency cause leukopenia?

Can vitamin deficiency cause leukopenia?

Possibility: Vitamin deficiencies such as b12, folate (folic acid) can cause anemia and sometimes leukopenia. I would recommend that you confer with your md about further w/u of the leukopenia if it persists beyond treatment for the vitamin deficiency. ...Read more

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How does vitamin deficiency cause hallucination?

How does vitamin deficiency cause hallucination?

Vitamins: Vitamins and minerals are vital for us. Even deficient in vitamin B12 may cause impaired cell division to slow down. When this slow impaired cell division occurs, red blood cells are enlarged and are more likely to be destroyed by the immune system. Hence, even vitamin B12 deficiency can cause hallucination apart from gastrointestinal problems as well as neurological problems. ...Read more

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What kind of vitamin deficiency can cause you to faint?

What kind of vitamin deficiency can cause you to faint?

Not directly: Indirectly fainting might be caused by vitamin d, vitamin c, vitamin b12, folate as well as iron deficiencies, but there are many more causes of fainting, if you have fainting spells, you better see the doctor and find out the exact cause of it. ...Read more

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Can there be a vitamin deficiency that causes leg pain?

Can there be a vitamin deficiency that causes leg pain?

Vit D, C certainly: Are known to cause painful legs. Vit d would be more common than vit c which in poor countries can cause scurvy in children, (not likely to occur here in the us).
Recently I heard that vit k deficiency can also cause such problems, but I need to research that, before I can state that categorically.
Hope that is helpful. ...Read more

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What vitamin deficiency cause muscle burning?

What vitamin deficiency cause muscle burning?

Probably none: Probably just you're working out a lot... But...

http://www. Livestrong. Com/article/402936-what-is-a-vitamin-deficiency-that-causes-muscle-aches-tiredness/

given this, I would either rest a bit or try a vitamin supplement for a couple weeks, b/c it is easy. If the symptoms persist then I suggest you get checked out for some of the rarer issues. ...Read more

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Which vitamin deficiency causes joint pain?

Which vitamin deficiency causes joint pain?

Non-specific: Although inadequate nutrition can contribute to pain, there is not one vitamin deficiency that causes muscle pain. Vitamin d deficiency can increase overall pain. For some people gluten can increase pain. A diet high in sugar also can make you more sensitive to pain. ...Read more

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Is there a vitamin deficiency that causes leg pain, cramps?

Is there a vitamin deficiency that causes leg pain, cramps?

Magnesium also: This isn't really a vitamin, but magnesium deficiency is a common enough problem for me to mention it here. For this you want 2:1 calcium in combination with magnesium -- say 300mg ca with 150 mg mg. You don't want a huge amount of mg because it could produce diarrhea otherwise. ...Read more

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What causes b vitamin deficiency to lead to lack of energy?

Cofactor: Vitamin b, particularly B12 but to some extent most of the b vitamins helps couple with nervous system. Your nerves need certain amount to function optimally. So need to make sure you have adequate amounts or people feel either nervous/apathetic or generally drained. ...Read more

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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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Is Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) and tongue pain caused by vitamin deficiency?

Is Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) and tongue pain caused by vitamin deficiency?

Tongue pain: The tongue pain can be muscular in nature and be a result of drug induced tardive dyskinesia. This is a constant uncontrolled movement of the tongue. Adjustments to dose could possibly reduce the symptoms. Symptoms of a irritated burning tongue have been treated with lucine supplements with some success. Discussing this with your md and adjusting the vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) may provide some relief. ...Read more

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What vitamin deficiency usually causes memory lapses? Post gastric bypass 9/2011

What vitamin deficiency usually causes memory lapses? Post gastric bypass 9/2011

Vitamins: The most common vitamin deficiencies seen after gastric bypass are with vitamin b12, vitamin d and iron. Some have low calcium. Vitamin B12 deficiency can affect the central nervous system and memory. ...Read more

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What could cause feeling of weakness in limbs. Haven't lost any strength but feels like they're getting weak. Vitamin deficiency?

Multiple causes: Dehydration, low blood pressure, and low blood sugar can cause a feeling of weakness. Also working out a lot, can increase need for protein. Look at life style and optimize, avoid tobacco smoke, alcohol, eat healthy unprocessed food with fresh vegetables and fruit and high quality protein, good oils, get a good night sleep, move through the day, try interval training. Reduce stress. Try mvmn. ...Read more

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What would be the most sensible way to determine if tingling/pins and needles sensations are being caused by a B vitamin deficiency/toxicity?

Take the vitamin...: Depends on whether you want to see a doctor or not. If not, then I would take a B-complex vitamin supplement for a month or two and see if it helped. A better way would be for your to see a neurologist and undergo evaluation for neuropathy. ...Read more

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What vitamin deficiency causes irregular periods?

What vitamin deficiency causes irregular periods?

Seek other cause: Very poor overall nutrition might contribute to menstrual irregularity, but this is much less likely to be the actual cause than "pop" websites might suggest. ...Read more

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What causes the jumping motion in your eyes? Is it a vitamin deficiency?

What causes the jumping motion in your eyes? Is it a vitamin deficiency?

Nystagmus: If the eyes jump when you look to the extreme right or left, that can be normal. If they jump up or down, this is not normal and generally represents a neurologic disease. With congenital poor vision, a searching type nystagmus can develop. If it is a new onset, you should seek medical attention as a stroke can cause it or a neurologic disease. ...Read more

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