January 29, 2010

Symptoms of Vitamin B Deficiency

Posted in Category : Common Ailments

You should be aware that there are actually eight kinds of his particular vitamins needed by the body in order to perform to its fullest potential. You could be suffering from a deficiency of any or all of these, and the symptoms of each kind of deficiency would always be different from each other. The signs of vitamin B deficiency are fairly easy to detect if you are on the lookout for them. The commonest signs of vitamin B deficiency are a general disturbance in the texture of the mouth of the patient. This deficiency may manifest itself in al sorts of surface problems that are connected to the mouth. The patient may suffer from mouth ulcers, fissures on the mouth and tongue, scaling and lip fissures and so on. Further there may also be a sore throat and a general swelling of the throat as well. The tongue may also swell up to some degree. In some extreme and severe cases, the patient may also experience an increased sensitivity to bright lights. This is also medically known as photophobia. Some cases may also result in the patient suffering from extreme dryness of the scalp. This can also manifest in sudden and severe attacks of dandruff. As said before it is not difficult to spot these symptoms if you are on the lookout for them.

The causes of any or all of these problems is obviously a deficiency of vitamin B. it is always good to understand the structure of this nutrient before proceeding to understand it better. It is broken up into eight parts and these would include vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, B12, biotin and pantothenic acid. The common names for these are thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine, folic acid and cyanocobalamin respectively. Almost all of the symptoms listed above are caused by deficiencies of different types. If you are suffering from any of the symptoms mentioned above, you are advised to immediately consult with our primary health care provider as to what specific deficiency you could be suffering from. This is important before you embark upon a course of self treatment, which could prove to be counter productive. Please keep in mind that although normally, an excess of almost any nutrient can pass out of the body as excreta, intake of excess also comes with its own set of problems. You would want to specifically avoid getting into that kind of a problem.