What Is Ariboflavinosis?

Ariboflavinosis is a disorder caused by an insufficient intake of riboflavin (vitamin B2). It can lead to a variety of symptoms, including weakness, sore throat, dizziness, and fatigue. Ariboflavinosis can sometimes resemble other illnesses, making it difficult to diagnose. Treatment involves increasing dietary intake of riboflavin.

Signs And Symptoms Of Ariboflavinosis

The most common symptoms of ariboflavinosis include:

  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Dizziness
  • Eye irritation
  • Headache
  • Cracks and sores at the corners of the mouth
  • Scaling and itching of the skin

Diagnosing Ariboflavinosis

Ariboflavinosis can be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms can mimic other illnesses. However, the condition can be identified through a combination of physical exams and laboratory tests. Blood tests measuring levels of riboflavin in the body can also be used to confirm the diagnosis.

Treating Ariboflavinosis

Treatment of ariboflavinosis usually includes increasing dietary intake of riboflavin. Eating foods that are rich in riboflavin, such as beef, eggs, mushrooms, almonds, sunflower seeds, and fortified cereals, can help to restore levels of the vitamin in the body. In some cases, oral supplements of riboflavin may also be prescribed.