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Severe disease from vitamin C deficiency. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Scurvy is available below.


  • Inadequate intake of vitamin C
  • Long sea voyages (historically)
  • Famines
  • Food faddism
  • Ignorance (eg, boiling of fruit juices)
  • Neglect (eg, self-imposed restrictive diets in anorexia nervosa)
  • Restrictive diets imposed by food allergies
  • Neurodevelopmental disabilities associated with compromised oral intake of foods

Symptoms of Scurvy

  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Irritability
  • Aches and pains
  • Poor healing

Treatments for Scurvy

  • Adequate diet - sources include citrus fruits (lemons, limes, oranges)
  • Berries
  • Capsicum
  • Parsley
  • Pawpaw

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