What is another word for pellagra?

33 synonyms found


[ pɛlˈaɡɹə], [ pɛlˈaɡɹə], [ p_ɛ_l_ˈa_ɡ_ɹ_ə]

Pellagra is a disease caused by niacin (vitamin B3) deficiency which results in skin rashes, digestive problems, and mental and cognitive impairments. The disease has been referred to by various synonyms in different regions and cultures, including "mal de la rosa" in Spain, "la maladie des trois D" in France, and "Mai-USA" in China. Other synonyms include "corn sickness", "peasant's plague", and "Southern leprosy". The condition was prevalent in the early 20th century among impoverished populations who relied heavily on maize-based diets. Today, the condition is rare owing to food fortification with niacin and increased public awareness of its symptoms.

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Pellagra is a rare, chronic, secondary vitamin B12 deficiency that leads to dermatitis, diarrhea, and neurologic abnormalities. It is caused by a lack of niacin, a nutrient found in many foods and supplements. Pellagra typically strikes people in poverty or rural areas of the world where wheat is the predominant grain.

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