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Have you ever treated someone with scurvy? If so, what did he or she look like? What were there symptoms?

Have you ever treated someone with scurvy? If so, what did he or she look like? What were there symptoms?

Never seen scurvy: but I did write a fictional paper in medical school about a ship's surgeon who encountered scurvy in his sailors. Symptoms of scurvy include loosened teeth with gum disease. Skin bruises easily and becomes rough & may have small petechial hemorrhages. The person likely feels tired, suffers from mood changes & poor wound healing. Once scurvy becomes quite advanced it can cause yellow skin, swelling ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Scurvy (Definition)

Scurvy is also known as Vitamin C deficiency. Scurvy is a disease that results from vitamin C deficiency. Symptoms of scurvy include loosened teeth with gum disease. Skin bruises easily and becomes rough & may have small petechial hemorrhages. The person likely feels tired, has severe joint pain, suffers from mood changes & poor wound healing. Once scurvy becomes quite advanced it can cause yellow skin, swelling of the body, ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of scurvy?

Aye Matey : Symptoms of scurvy include loosened teeth with gum disease. Skin bruises easily and becomes rough & may have small petechial hemorrhages. The person likely feels tired, suffers from mood changes & poor wound healing. Once scurvy becomes quite advanced it can cause yellow skin, swelling of the body, lack of urine , fever & seizures. Scurvy can cause death. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of scurvy in sailors?

What are the symptoms of scurvy in sailors?

Scurvy: Symptoms of scurvy include loosened teeth with gum disease. Skin bruises easily and becomes rough & may have small petechial hemorrhages. The person likely feels tired, suffers from mood changes & poor wound healing. Once scurvy becomes quite advanced it can cause yellow skin, swelling of the body, lack of urine , fever & seizures. Scurvy can cause death. Argh matey - it is a sore sight! ...Read more

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I am doing a report on scurvy. Can you give me some information about it ? And have you ever treated someone with scurvy? What was it like?

I am doing a report on scurvy. Can you give me some information about it ? And have you ever treated someone with scurvy? What was it like?

No pt's with scurvy: Sxs of scurvy include loosened teeth with gum disease. Skin bruises easily and becomes rough & may have small petechial hemorrhages. The person likely feels tired, suffers from mood changes & poor wound healing. Once scurvy becomes quite advanced it can cause yellow skin, swelling of the body, lack of urine , fever & seizures. Scurvy can cause death. I have never treated a patient with scurvy. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: scurvy?

Scurvy: Scurvy is a disease that results from vitamin C deficiency. Symptoms of scurvy include loosened teeth with gum disease. Skin bruises easily and becomes rough & may have small petechial hemorrhages. The person likely feels tired, has severe joint pain, suffers from mood changes & poor wound healing. Once scurvy becomes quite advanced it can cause yellow skin, swelling of the body, lack of urine > ...Read more

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What is the treatment for scurvy?

Vitamin C: This is a skin and systemic problem from extreme drops in vitamin c intact - a vitamin our bodies does not make. Most diets have enough vitamin c to prevent this problem so it will only show up in extreme deprivation diets of those with truly weird health ideas. ...Read more

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What causes teeth to fall out in scurvy?

Lack of Vitamin C: Ascorbic acid is needed for a variety of biosynthetic pathways. In the synthesis of collagen, ascorbic acid is required as a cofactor for prolyl hydroxylase and lysyl hydroxylase. Defective connective tissue leads to fragile capillaries, resulting in abnormal bleeding. Collagen is an important part of bone, so bone formation is affected. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scurvy ...Read more

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Hello docs, is hardening of arteries the same as scurvy?

Hello docs, is hardening of arteries the same as scurvy?

No: Scurvy is due to vitamin c deficiency and is cured by eating fresh fruit. Hardening of the arteries is related to many factors including elevated levels of cholesterol. It has nothing to do with vitamin c. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from the effects of scurvy and does taking more vitamin C speed up the process?

How long does it take to recover from the effects of scurvy and does taking more vitamin C speed up the process?

Vitamin C deficiency: Scurvy is a condition caused by deficiency in vitamin c, and supplemental vitamin c is the treatment. Scurvy is almost unheard of today, because vitamin c is present in so many fresh foods (including both vegetables and fresh meat). It used to occur on long ship journeys when all the food was preserved and contained no vitamin c. The prevention was a lime a day for the sailors ("limeys"). ...Read more

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