Scurvy may be the oldest known dietary deficiency disease. A shortage of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) in the diet causes pain in the limbs, and swelling and bleeding gums.

Treatment generally consists of ensuring liberal quantities of foods rich in vitamin C, fresh air, and sunshine.

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eMedicine: Scurvy
Kumaravel Rajakumar, MD discusses the history of this disease, effects on the body, physical symptoms, causes, treatment, and medication.
LimeStrong
The Official website of International Scurvy Awareness Day, May 2nd. Gives information about the organization, the disorder, and food that cure it.
NHS Choices: Scurvy
Information on this condition caused by a vitamin C deficiency in the diet including symptoms, diagnosis, risks and treatment.
Scurvy
Wikipedia article discusses causes, alternate names, signs and symptoms, prognosis, history, and modern incidence.
Scurvy Isn't Cool
Explains why teenagers are at risk, signs and symptoms, and why ascorbic acid is important. Includes pictures, history of the disease, and quotes from teens.
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