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What are the symptoms of scurvy?

Signs and symptoms of scurvy occur after around three months of severe vitamin C deficiency and can include: weakness and fatigue; skin problems including papules, which are bluish/reddish spots that surround hair follicles, and can join together to cover large areas of skin, termed purpura; anemia due to blood loss; swollen and reddened gums with loosened teeth; aching limbs and swollen, tender joints; eye problems including dryness, irritation and light intolerance, and; fever, diarrhea and vomiting in children.

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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 02 Oct 2014
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