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Symptoms of Zinc deficiency

Symptoms of Zinc deficiency: Introduction

The symptoms of zinc deficiency are related to the essential trace element's role in various processes of the body. Zinc is vital to a healthy immune system, so a zinc deficiency can result in frequent infections, diarrhea, and increased susceptibility to life-threatening infections in children.

Zinc is also important to healthy growth and development. A zinc deficiency can result in impaired growth in infants and children, delayed sexual maturation, underdevelopment of sexual organs, and impotence.

Adequate amounts of zinc are also key to healthy skin and normal wound healing. A zinc deficiency can result in the develoment of sores on the skin and eyes, rashes, and poor wound healing.

Zinc is also important to the senses of taste, smell and eyesight. A zinc deficiency can result in taste abnormalities, night blindness, and the development of swelling and clouding of the corneas. Zinc supplementation may play role in preventing the develoment or progression of age-related macular degeneration.

Zinc is also key to a healthy nervous system. A zinc deficiency can lead to behavioral disorders and mental lethargy.

Other symptoms of zinc deficiency include can include loss of appetite, weight loss, and hair loss....more about Zinc deficiency »

Symptoms of Zinc deficiency

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Zinc deficiency includes the 17 symptoms listed below:

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Zinc deficiency: Symptom Assessment Questionnaires

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Zinc deficiency: Complications

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Other Possible Causes of these Symptoms

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Zinc deficiency as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

When considering symptoms of Zinc deficiency, it is also important to consider Zinc deficiency as a possible cause of other medical conditions. The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Zinc deficiency may cause:

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Zinc deficiency. This signs and symptoms information for Zinc deficiency has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Zinc deficiency signs or Zinc deficiency symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Zinc deficiency may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Zinc deficiency symptoms.


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