A condition caused by a severe lack of vitamin C in the diet.


Scurvy is rare in the United States. Those who lack fruits and vegetables in their diets are at risk.


Symptoms may not occur for a few months after a person's dietary intake of vitamin C drops too low. Bruising, bleeding gums, weakness, fatigue, and joint pain are among scurvy symptoms.


Treatment involves taking vitamin C supplements and eating citrus fruits, potatoes, broccoli, and strawberries.

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