Deficiency of KP due to lack of Vitamin A?

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    Deficiency of KP due to lack of Vitamin A?

    I read this from an article from this site

    A Vitamin A deficiency can cause a condition known as follicular keratosis, hyperkeratosis, or xeroderma, in which there is excessive production of keratin, a hard protein. Keratin deposits form around the hair follicles, resulting in a rough texture to the skin resembling 'goose flesh.' Facial skin that is scaly, off-color, cracked, or dry to the point of flaking may be attributed to a combination of PEM (protein energy malnutrition) and a lack of Vitamin A and iron.
    My mum has cracked heels, and a lot of people have been saying that they have this from the boards. Also, I do lack in Iron as I'm anaemic.

    I'm starting to really believe that it is due to a lack of Vitamin A, how many people have tried taking Vitamin A supplements I wonder? So what do you think?

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    Re: Deficiency of KP due to lack of Vitamin A?

    Hi Hakuna,

    Many of our members have tried Vit. A supplements, some with success, some without. Also, some are eating liver (It is very high in Vit. A.) and seeing improvement.
    Chicken Liver Vitamin A- IT WORKS FOR ME!

    Liver would also help maintain healthy iron levels, so you may want to try this if you are anemic.

    kebod

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    Re: Deficiency of KP due to lack of Vitamin A?

    Big thanks to Kebod for linking my thread to you. I was about to do it myself but I was saved the trouble.

    In my personal experience with livers, KP is DIRECTLY related to Vitamin A. Either we are deficient in it or our bodies have trouble processing and utilizing it efficiently (and I think it's the latter because for most of my life I ate the same foods as everybody else around me who didn't have KP).

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    Re: Deficiency of KP due to lack of Vitamin A?

    Hakuna - If you are anemic and have KP, I would take a look at celiac disease symptoms if I were you. Vitamin A deficiency can results from lack of proper absorption because of damage to the small intestine in that disease. Anemia - lack of enough iron OR B12 OR Folate - is a common deficiency too. Again, not saying everyone around here has celiac but one in 133 random people have it, those who are symptomatic have a higher risk - KP is a possible symptom so I bet we have a few other undiagnosed celiacs floating around these boards. There are an estimated 2.5 million undiagnosed celiacs just in the USA alone. Sensitive blood tests were only developed about 6 years ago and many doctors are still unfamiliar with how common it is. Remember, Drs are just humans like you and me and can't know everything about everything... so educating ourselves is not wrong.

    The University of Chicago - Celiac Disease Center - Symptoms
    - bd: 46 yo F; Dr. Woods Black Soap w/Shea Butter for facewash; Sea Salt + Epsom Salt scrub in shower; Cetaphil RestoraDerm unscented lotion, Alba Botanica Kona Coffee After-Sun lotion on face; reg. exercise; OilPulling; a basic multi-vite plus calcium/Vit D, o3s; eating GLUTEN-FREE DIET for Celiac Disease, and not much dairy as I get allergic reaction; Arms 99% clear, face neck chest 98%, legs 90% clear, butt is 99% clear. All dietary treatments above help reduce my sinus congestion and joint pain besides help my skin.

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    Re: Deficiency of KP due to lack of Vitamin A?

    Thank you for the link Kebod.

    Also thank you bunnyday, but it says "if does not respond well to iron supplements". In my case it's otherwise, I do respond well. The other symptoms don't exist with me either.
    Thank you for your concern though

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