Publication/Presentation Date

9-1-2022

Abstract

Food deserts exist due to a multitude of factors ranging from socioeconomic status, racial disparities, geography, cost, and healthful food access. Given the vast biological function of vitamins and minerals, the clinical presentation for nutritional deficiencies ranges from benign to life-threatening. Often, the first indicators of underlying nutritional deficiencies are cutaneous manifestations. The first patient case is a 36-year-old female at 25 weeks gestation with a pruritic and painful rash that began in the genital region and spread centrifugally to her legs. The second patient case is a 42-year-old male with a pruritic rash that began at his abdomen and progressed to his thighs. The third patient case is a 48-year-old female with scattered lower extremity ecchymoses in different healing stages and scattered perifollicular erythema with corkscrew hairs. All three patients were found to have nutritional deficiencies and lived in identified food deserts. Deficiencies of zinc, vitamin A, thiamine, pyridoxine, and vitamin C and their subsequent cutaneous manifestations have scarce documentation within food deserts. These cases provide further insight into nutritional deficiencies and offer an opportunity for providers to identify patients at risk. To promote wellness, patients suffering from food insecurity must be identified efficiently and connected with essential resources.

Volume

14

Issue

9

First Page

29464

Last Page

29464

ISSN

2168-8184

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences

PubMedID

36299956

Department(s)

Department of Medicine, Department of Medicine Faculty, Department of Medicine Fellows and Residents, Fellows and Residents

Document Type

Article

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