Acrodermatitis Enteropathica is the appearance of inflamed patches of scaly and dry skin around mouth, hands, anus, scalp and feet. It mainly occurs due to extreme deficiency of minerals like Zinc and also sometimes for congenital reasons. Children who stop breast milk before time are also victims of this disorder.
HOW IS ACRODERMATITIS ENTEROPATHICA DIAGNOSED?
The investigations include: • Serum/plasma zinc levels that confirm the diagnosis • Urinary zinc excretion may be abridged • Blood count may cause anemia • Skin biopsy
HOW IS ACRODERMATITIS ENTEROPATHICA TREATED?
Treatment of Acrodermatitis includes total or partial replacement of zinc inside body. Cortisone based creams can help with irritation of skin and itching. Infections of Hepatitis B or Epstein Barr needs to be treated.
DID YOU KNOW?
This could be inherited from one of the parent. The other symptoms are alopecia, conjunctivitis, loss of appetite, diarrhea, irritability and growth retardation. Some scientists believe that breast milk is a source of zinc and helps prevent the disease while an infant is on breast milk.