Scurvy is a disease caused by deficiency of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in diet. Vitamin C plays a main role in human body; it is used to make collagen. Collagen is a type of protein found in different types of tissue like skin, blood vessels and bones etc. Lacking of vitamin C, collagen cannot be restored and the several types of tissues can break down, which lead to symptoms of scurvy. This includes:
In these days many of adults, aged people and kids are also affected by scurvy. Scurvy is an uncommon disease, it still presents in few patients - generally aged people, alcoholics, or those who live on a diet lacking of fruits and vegetables. And also, children who are on poor diets for any financial reasons may be prone to scurvy. Actually scurvy begins when a person stops receiving sufficient vitamin C in his diet.
In children, the initial symptoms of scurvy contain:
The below tests are used to diagnose scurvy, those are:
Person normally needs to increase his daily intake of vitamin C. And doctor may also advise an instant course of vitamin C supplements.
Taking more quantity of vitamin C supplements is also very harmful. Never take more than the advised dosage of vitamin C.
Here you have a list of Recommendations, which are helpful to your diet.
|Age||Quantity (per day)|
|Babies (0-12 months)||25mg|
|Children 1-10 years||30mg|
|Children 11-14 years||35 mg|
|Adults (smokers and heavy drinkers of alcohol may require slightly more)||40mg|