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acrodynia

 [ak″ro-din´e-ah]
a disease of infancy and 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. It is due to absorption of mercury. Called also erythredema polyneuropathy and pink disease.

ac·ro·dyn·i·a

(ak-rō-din'ē-ă),
1. Pain in peripheral or acral parts of the body.
2. A syndrome caused almost exclusively in the past by mercury poisoning: in children, characterized by erythema of the limbs, chest, and nose, gastrointestinal symptoms, behavioral changes, and polyneuritis; in adults, characterized by anorexia, photophobia, sweating, and tachycardia. Synonym(s): acrodynic erythema, dermatopolyneuritis, erythredema, Feer disease, pink disease
[acro- + G. odynē, pain]

pink disease

See acrodynia.
A form of chronic mercury poisoning of now historic interest, which affected infants given teething powder containing elemental mercury

ac·ro·dyn·i·a

(ak'rō-din'ē-ă)
1. Pain in peripheral or acral parts of the body.
2. A syndrome caused almost exclusively by mercury poisoning: in children, characterized by erythema of the extremities, chest, and nose, polyneuritis, and gastrointestinal symptoms; in adults, by anorexia, photophobia, sweating, and tachycardia.
Synonym(s): dermatopolyneuritis, erythredema, erythroedema, Feer disease, pink disease, polyneuropathy (3) , Swift disease.
[acro- + G. odynē, pain]

Feer,

Emil, Swiss pediatrician, 1864-1955.
Feer disease - pain in peripheral or acral parts of the body; caused almost exclusively by mercury poisoning in children. Synonym(s): acrodynia; pink disease; Swift disease

ac·ro·dyn·i·a

(ak'rō-din'ē-ă)
Pain in peripheral or acral body parts.
Synonym(s): Feer disease.
[acro- + G. odynē, pain]

pink disease

pink color of tissues in broiler chickens dying of fatty liver and kidney disease which responds to dietary supplementation with biotin. Called also pinks.

Patient discussion about pink disease

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.

A. I would suggest going to your doctor and asking to speak to someone. Perhaps start with a theropist so you will have someone to talk to and can teach you to manage your stress. If you are experiencing bipolar episodes the theropist may be able to recognize the symptoms and suggest you see a psychiatrist as well. Try not to self diagnose yourself, tell your doctor that you have been having some hard times and would like someone to talk to and go from there. I wish you well.

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