All about hypervitaminosis A

Hypervitaminosis – It is a condition when you have an excess of vitamin A in your body.

Causes of hypervitaminosis

There are two types of hypervitaminosis acute or chronic.
·      Acute hypervitaminosis occurs when you consume large amounts of vitamin A over a short period of time, usually within a few hours or days. Now its very easy to approach blood donors in Bangalore with Cureplus. 

·       Whereas, chronic hypervitaminosis occurs when there is an accumulation of large amounts of vitamin A in your body over a long period of time.

Signs & symptoms

·         Bone pain
·         Swelling
·         Blurred vision
·         Abnormal softening of the skull bone
·         Changes in consciousness
·         Bulging fontanelle
·         Dizziness
·         Decreased appetite
·         Double vision
·         Drowsiness
·         Hair loss or oily hair
·         Headache
·         Irritability
·         Liver damage
·         Increased pressure in the skull
·         Nausea
·         Vision changes
·         Vomiting
·         Unhealthy weight gain
·         Skin problems including cracking at corners of the mouth, oily skin, highly sensitive towards sunlight, itching, peeling, and yellowish skin color.

Sources of vitamin A

·         Eggs
·         Dark fruits
·         Milk
·         Tomato products
·         Orange and yellow vegetables
·         Green leafy vegetables
·         Some vegetable oils
·         Fortified foods
·         Fish and fish oils
·         Fortified foods such as cereal

Complications & health risks associated with hypervitaminosis

·         Osteoporosis
·         Liver damage
·         Kidney problem due to excess of calcium
·         In pregnant woman excess of vitamin A may cause defects in the fetus.


The most common and effective treatment for hypervitaminosis is to refrain taking a higher dose of vitamin A supplements. Most of the people with hypervitaminosis recover within a few weeks.


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