Scurvy is a nutritional disease that occurs in humans who have a diet that lacks vitamin C. After reading my tackk you will know who is more likely to be diagnosed, what nutrients are responsible, the symptoms, preventions and treatments.

Who can be affected?

Scurvy is rare although, elderly people, heavy smokers and drinkers are more at risk to be faced with this problem. Most people are not aware they have scurvy until approximately 3 months after their bodies continuously lack vitamin C. (Peter Crosta, 2009)

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of scurvy differ from an adult to infants.

Some symptoms infants may have are: lack of appetite Irritable, Poor weight gain, Diarrhea, High fever. Although as it progresses some symptoms may be: Pain/tenderness in legs or Eyes bulging out.(NHS choices, 2013)

Some of the symptoms that may occur in adults are: Tired and weakness, Feeling irritable or miserable! Pain in limbs (usually mostly in their legs), Red/blue spots begin to appear on skin! Swollen gums, Severe pains in joints, shortness of breath. (NHS choices, 2013)

How can it be prevented?

Once you have the right daily amount of vitamin C in your daily diet you will not be at risk of scurvy. Vitamin C is provided in many foods that you may eat I'm your everyday lives. Some of the foods that contain vitamin C are: Orange, Kiwi, Strawberries, Potatoes, Lemons, Papaya, Carrots, Cabbage, Guava, Tomatoes, Broccoli, Spinach, Liver, Oysters. (Peter Crosta, 2009)

How can scurvy be treated?

Most symptoms will be gone within 48 hours of treatment. A patient will be given vitamin C supplements and then referred to a specialist. Once scurvy is treated the disease will not reoccur once a healthy diet is maintained  

How present is the illness today?

Scurvy is extremely rare today. It has been known to exist in people since the Greek and Egyptian times. It was mostly associated with the sailors in the 16th-18th centuries when they went on long voyages without having enough vitamin C.(Peter Crosta, 2009)

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