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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is zinc or biotin deficiency?

This happens when the body doesn't have enough zinc or biotin, which is a vitamin. Either deficiency can cause skin irritation, hair loss, and fungal infections on skin lesions. Causes may include malnutrition, issues with nutrient absorption in the gut, a short gut, certain long-term conditions, and some medications.

Symptoms of zinc or biotin deficiency

  • Hair loss

  • Sores or ulcers of the skin

  • Change in nail color

  • Abnormalities in sense of taste

  • Blisters

  • Muscle pain

  • Presence of a geographical tongue pattern.

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

Questions your doctor may ask to check for zinc or biotin deficiency

  • Are you experiencing increased hair loss?

  • Do you have skin sores?

  • Did your nail color change?

  • Has your sense of taste changed recently?

  • Do you have skin blisters?

Treatment for zinc or biotin deficiency

Treatment depends on the root cause of the deficiency. Dietary changes or supplements may be enough for some people, while treating underlying conditions might allow the body to correct the deficiency on its own for others.

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Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (Primary Care Physician)

Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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