Puffy skin or edema is a sign of a severe protein deficiency. The puffiness occurs when the body produces too little albumin (protein) in the blood plasma. A lack of this protein leads to the buildup of fluids in the tissues and abdominal cavity. Puffy skin is one of the hallmarks of kwashiorkor disease.
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