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Acrodermatitis Enteropathica

Acrodermatitis Enteropathica is a genetic defect in the malabsorption of zinc, beginning as a skin eruption on an extremity or around a body orifice, followed by hair loss and diarrhea or other gastrointestinal disturbances.

Symptoms of Acrodermatitis Enteropathica

  • growth retardation

  • diarrhea

  • hair loss

  • red skin rash

  • skin around the fingernails may be red and swollen

Treatment of Acrodermatitis Enteropathica

  • Supplementation with zinc brings about complete remission in   symptoms

  • Eating foods high in zinc such as oysters, beef, liver, pumpkin seeds, pecans, and Brazil nuts

 

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