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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.

Dr. Randy Baker
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Can vitamin deficiency cause intrusive thoughts?

Can vitamin deficiency cause intrusive thoughts?

Yes: Whatever "intrusive thoughts" are. The brain is very sensitive to vitamin defiiency.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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