Scurvy is a condition caused by an insufficient amount of vitamin C for a prolonged period of time. The condition causes weakness,
. Scurvy is very rare in the United States and occurs most commonly in malnourished older adults and chronic alcoholics.
Scurvy can be diagnosed during a physical exam, based on an analysis of symptoms and diet. Your doctor may order a blood test to measure the level of vitamin C in the blood. To diagnose scurvy in infants and children, an
may be done.
The treatment for scurvy is simple and effective. To eliminate symptoms and make a full recovery, increase vitamin C intake to recommended levels. You can increase vitamin C levels by:
Eating a diet rich in citrus fruits, other fruits, and vegetables
Taking vitamin C supplements
To help reduce your chances of getting scurvy, take the following steps:
Eat a healthy, balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
Get a sufficient amount of vitamin C, through diet and/or supplements.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a