Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Zinc Dermatitis Treatment

Acrodermatitis enteropathica is completely cured during treatment with zinc supplements. Treatment must be continued for the rest of a person's life. The dose of zinc supplements may be increased during illnesses or pregnancy.

Treatment for acrodermatitis enteropathica includes:

  • Zinc supplements:
    • Must be taken for life
    • Zinc blood levels should be monitored every 3 to 6 months
  • Skin care for dry, irritated skin:
    • Warm compresses
    • Application of white petroleum ointment

Zinc Dermatitis Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat an acrodermatitis enteropathica:

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Last Updated: Feb 14, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Zinc Dermatitis References
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