Scurvy is a disease caused by deficiency of vitamin C. In the olden days, this was a common problem with sailors, as they did not have access to fresh fruit and vegetables which are rich in vitamin C. Scurvy is characterized by red blotches on the skin and rawness on the lips and spongy, bleeding gums.
Today, scurvy is a rare condition in the US, due to the ready availability of foods containing vitamin C. However, it is still possible for a person to get scurvy if a balanced diet is not followed. To promote awareness about scurvy, the Scurvy Awareness Day was created. Scurvy Awareness Day is held on the 2nd of May every year.
So, make yourself free on National Scurvy Day so that you can join in the efforts to keep this disease at bay.