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18 Mar 2003

My hands and feet have gone an orange color from consuming to much Vitamin A or beta carotene. The doctor says this is not toxic. My hair is falling out and I was wondering if he is maybe incorrect in assuming that all is ok. I was eating a mango and papaya, baby carrots every day. I have stopped this in the hope of getting my skin color back. How long will it take and should I be worried?
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Age
The condition you have is called hypercarotenodermia which is caused by excessive intakes of beta-carotene. In contrast to hypervitaminosis A, which is caused by excessive intakes of vit A (either from supplements or products such as cod liver oil), your condition is not serious and should have no lasting effects. The symptoms such as the orange colour of the skin will fade with time. How long this will take depends on the extent of the overdosage, so be patient. The hairloss may be due to this condition, but if it persists then I think you need to go back to your dr and ask him/her to check for other causes such as iron deficiency or hormone imbalances. Your experience underlines the importance of never overdoing anything, even the intake of a potentially beneficial nutrient like beta-carotene.
Take care
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