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acrodynia/ac·ro·dyn·ia/ (-din´e-ah) a disease of early childhood marked by pain and swelling in, and pink coloration of, the fingers and toes and by listlessness, irritability, failure to thrive, profuse perspiration, and sometimes scarlet coloration of the cheeks and tip of the nose. Most cases are toxic neuropathies caused by exposure to mercury.
acrodynia(1) Pink disease
A synonym of chronic mercury poisoning.
(2) A term of waning use for pain primarily centred around one or more distal parts—fingers, hands, toes, feet—for which the term “distal pain” is preferable.
Synonym(s): dermatopolyneuritis, erythredema, erythroedema, Feer disease, pink disease, polyneuropathy (3) , Swift disease.
acrodyniaPink disease. A now rare, severe childhood illness formerly caused by mercury poisoning from teething powders. Acrodynia features pink, itching extremities, sweating, floppiness, loss of appetite, insomnia and low blood pressure. The disease was also caused by local applications of mercury-containing medication.
Feer,Emil, Swiss pediatrician, 1864-1955.
Selter,Paul, German pediatrician, 1866-1941.
erythredema polyneuropathy, Feer's disease, pink disease, or
Synonym(s): Feer disease.
Patient discussion about acrodynia
Q. every alternate day i go through a swift mood change from a very high depression. I am facing some problem and I need help. Every alternate day I go through a swift mood change from a very high depression on one day to a high happiness on the other day. It remains constant for couple of days and then again my mood swings either to a high depression or to a good level happiness. When in happy mood I feel on top. When I feel very depressed I start harming myself and it goes to the extent to bang my head on the wall. Many times I will cry so much that the very next day my eyes burns with irritation and pain. Is all this normal? I think I am getting bipolar.