What is it?

Acrodynia, also known as pink disease or Swift-Feer disease, is a rare condition that primarily affects young children. It is caused by exposure to mercury or mercury-containing compounds.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Pink disease
- Swift-Feer disease

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms of acrodynia can include:

- Pink discoloration of the hands and feet
- Irritability
- Excessive sweating
- Swelling and pain in the hands and feet
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Insomnia
- Headache
- Skin rashes
- Numbness and tingling in the extremities
- Hypertension
- Tachycardia
- Fever


The diagnosis of acrodynia can be challenging because its symptoms are similar to those of other conditions. A thorough history and physical examination can provide important clues, but laboratory tests, including blood and urine tests, may also be necessary to confirm the diagnosis.


Treatment for acrodynia involves removing the source of mercury exposure and providing supportive care. This may include chelation therapy, which involves the use of medications that bind to the mercury and help remove it from the body. In severe cases, hospitalization may be necessary to provide intravenous fluids and supportive care.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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