Can folate deficiency cause pompholyx/dyshyrosis?

Posted on Sat, 17 May 2014 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: Can folate deficiency cause pompholyx/ dyshyrosis?
Answered by Dr. T Shobha Deepak 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Folic deficiency does not cause Porphyrias

Detailed Answer:
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I guess you meant Porphyrias. Folate deficiency does not cause porphyrias.

Following are manifestation of folic acid deficiency

1.Many symptomless patients are detected through the finding of a raised mean corpuscular volume (MCV) on a routine blood count.

2. The main clinical features in more severe cases are those of anemia.
3. Anorexia is usually marked and there may be weight loss, diarrhea, or constipation.
4. Glossitis, angular cheilosis, a mild fever in the more severely anemic patients, jaundice (unconjugated), and reversible melanin skin hyperpigmentation may also occur with deficiency of either folate or cobalamin.

5. Thrombocytopenia sometimes leads to bruising, and this may be aggravated by vitamin C deficiency or alcohol in malnourished patients.

6.The anemia and low leukocyte count may predispose to infections, particularly of the respiratory or urinary tracts.

I hope it helped.

Do get back to me if you need any further assistance, will be glad to assist you.

Take Care

Best Regards
Dr T Shobha
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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