What Are The Symptoms of Beriberi?

Beriberi is a condition caused by a deficiency of thiamine (vitamin B1) and can manifest in various ways, with symptoms that can affect the nervous system (dry beriberi) or the cardiovascular system (wet beriberi). Here are common symptoms for each type:

  1. Dry Beriberi (Nervous System):
    • Muscle weakness and wasting
    • Numbness or tingling in the extremities
    • Difficulty walking
    • Pain and tenderness in the limbs
    • Difficulty speaking
    • Mental confusion and irritability
  2. Wet Beriberi (Cardiovascular System):
    • Rapid heart rate
    • Swelling of the legs and feet (edema)
    • Shortness of breath
    • Enlarged heart (cardiomegaly)
    • Fluid accumulation in the lungs (pulmonary edema)
    • Chest pain

Beriberi can be a severe condition if left untreated, so it’s important to seek medical attention if you suspect you or someone you know may be experiencing these symptoms, especially if there is a history of poor nutrition or alcoholism, which are common risk factors for thiamine deficiency.

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