Acrodermatitis Enteropathica - Symptoms, Causes, Treatment and Home Remedies



What is Acrodermatitis Enteropathica?

Acrodermatitis Enteropathica is autosomal recessive disorder due to lack of zinc present which is characterized by an inflammatory rash around the mouth,diarrhea and zinc deficiency. It can also cause to balding of scalp, eyebrow and lashes.

What are the causes of Acrodermatitis Enteropathica?

  • Acrodermatitis Enteropathica is occur because of malabsorption of zinc by the intestinal cells.
  • Missing protein may cause to decreased zinc uptake and abnormal zinc metabolism.
  • If a person gets one normal gene and one abnormal gene it means that person will be lying under this disease.

Symptoms of Acrodermatitis Enteropathica

  • The most common symptom in eye is light sensitivity.
  • Conjunctivitis is also a symptoms of Acrodermatitis Enteropathica.
  • Growth retardation and diarrhea
  • Balding of the scalp,eyebrow and lashes comes under the symptoms.
  • Skin near the fingernails may be red and swollen.
  • Red glossy tongue and mouth ulcers.
  • In some cases women may recur this disorder at the time of pregnancy.

Treatment of Acrodermatitis Enteropathica

  • Treatment of Acrodermatitis Enteropathica include more than 1-2 mg/kg of oral zinc supplementation every day for life.
  • Zinc gluconate such as Verazinc, Zinca-Pak, Orazinc is essential for the treatment of this disease.
  • No diet is necessary for this disease.
  • Antibiotic therapy is used for bacterial and fungal infection.
  • Zinc replacement is good to improve depression of the mood and also to reduce the irritability.

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