Vitamin C Deficiency (Scurvy)

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Vitamin C deficiency, also known as Scurvy, is a severely insufficient amount of vitamin C in your body. Scurvy occurs when the body is not getting enough Vitamin C from your daily diet or when the body is having difficulty absorbing the vitamin.

It can lead to:

  • Debility
  • Anemia
  • Fatigue
  • Spontaneous bleeding
  • Bleeding sores
  • Reduced rate of healing
  • Pain in the limbs (specifically the legs)
  • Swelling
  • Loss of teeth
  • Gum diseases
  • Ulceration of the gums
  • Skin problems
  • Fatal if left untreated

Vitamin C is a nutrient that is essential to the body to help absorb iron and produce collagen. When the body does not make the amount of collagen needed, the tissues will begin to break down. The symptoms will start appearing after 2-3 months.

Early signs include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight Loss
  • Irritation
  • Lethargy
  • Fatigue
  • Anemia
  • Swelling
  • Shortness in breath
  • Mood change (depression)
  • Bone pain

When a patient lacks vitamin C, it can lead to dental health issues since any healing will be significantly reduced, you will be more susceptible to gum disease and loss of teeth.

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