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Acrodermatitis Enteropathica (Holistic)

About This Condition

Controlling zinc deficiency is key to treating this rare childhood disorder. According to research or other evidence, the following steps may be helpful.
  • Reach for the supplements

    Overcome the poor mineral absorption associated with acrodermatitis by taking zinc supplements as recommended by your doctor

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About This Condition

Acrodermatitis enteropathica is a rare inherited childhood disorder that results in the inability to absorb adequate amounts of zinc from the diet. Anyone who is severely zinc deficient can develop the same symptoms that occur in the inherited form of this disorder.  

Symptoms of acrodermatitis enteropathica include skin lesions, hair loss, and diarrhea. If untreated, the condition can result in death during infancy or early childhood.

Symptoms

Symptoms of this condition include growth retardation, diarrhea, hair loss, and a red skin rash. Skin around the fingernails may be red and swollen.

Supplements

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Supplement Why
3 Stars
Zinc
30 to 150 mg per day under a doctor's supervision
Supplementing with the correct amount of zinc can completely resolve hereditary acrodermatitis enteropathica

Supplementation with zinc brings about complete remission in hereditary acrodermatitis enteropathica. Zinc supplements in the amount of 30 to 150 mg per day are used by people with this condition.1 People with acrodermatitis enteropathica need to be monitored by a healthcare professional to ensure that their level of zinc supplementation is adequate and that the zinc supplements are not inducing a copper deficiency.

References

1. Berkow R. Merck Manual. Whitehouse Station, NJ: Merck Research Laboratories, 1987, 946.

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