Scurvy (N.Lat. scorbutus) is a deficiency disease that results from lack of vitamin C, which is required for correct collagen synthesis in humans.
- In children, the deficiency can cause painful swelling of the legs along with fever, diarrhea, and vomiting.
- In adults, early signs of scurvy include feeling weak, tired, and achy.
- The appearance of tiny red blood-blisters to larger purplish blotches on the skin of the legs is a common symptom.
- Wound healing may be delayed and scars that had healed may start to break down. The gums swell and bleed easily, eventually leading to loosened teeth. Muscle and joint pain may also occur.