What is Scurvy?

Scurvy is a disease of the blood vessels, skin, and the body's ability to heal, which can lead to anemia, bleeding of the skin, and also gum disease (also known as gingivitis).

Scurvy can occur when you have vitamin C deficiency in your diet.

What are symptoms of Scurvy?

Some common symptoms may include:

  • Dry and splitting hair
  • Dry mouth and eyes
  • Dry skin
  • Easy bleeding or bruising
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent infections
  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Bleeding of the gums
  • Pain or swelling of the joints
  • Slow healing of wounds

What causes Scurvy?

Scurvy is usually the cause of inadequate intake of vitamin C. So, if you don't include various fruits and vegetables that contain vitamin C in your diet, you may be more prone to developing this disease.

Other common causes may be:

  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking

What is the treatment for Scurvy?

The most common treatment is to bring your body's vitamin C levels back to normal. Eating foods rich in vitamin c such as bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwis, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas, and papayas

The doctor you would seek for Scurvy would be your Primary Health Physician.

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