FAQ - Scurvy
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How long does it take to contract scurvy?

What amount of time would a person need to go without vitamin C to come down with scurvy?

3 months  (+ info)

Can someone today as an average American get scurvy from lack of vitamin C?

What are the symptoms? Could you get a few without the full blown pirate scurvy?

Dear Gopher:

Does the typical American you have in mind eat citrus fruit, tomatoes, potatoes, broccoli, cabbage, potatoes, bell peppers, and other fruits and vegetables, or does that American take supplements containing vitamin C (ascorbic acid - which means anti-scorbutus, scorbutus being scurvy)? Then he or she isn't likely to be plagued by scurvy, the end of which is death. Can a person have some symptoms and not others? I can't say.

"Scurvy leads to the formation of spots on the skin, spongy gums, and bleeding from the mucous membranes. The spots are most abundant on the thighs and legs, and a person with the ailment looks pale, feels depressed, and is partially immobilized. In advanced scurvy there are open, suppurating wounds and loss of teeth."

Sounds like it's worth avoiding! Hope you don't have any of those.

Go in good health!  (+ info)

What are all the symptoms of scurvy that you can think off?

What are the causes of the deficiency of vitamin C that result in these symptoms?
What foods when consumed in ones regular diet, can prevent scurvy and why?

I would appreciate it if you do not just direct me to a website, without a proper explanation. Websites should only be used as reference, in case I have a problem accepting your answer.

The symptoms of scurvy is basically that of vitamin C deficiency, namely:- the breaking open of small blood vessels, the reddening and soreness of mouth and gum, bleeding of gums, bleeding in the eyes, loss of hair, loose teeth, cavity in the teeth, joint pains, pain in the bones, dry scaly skin and blood vessel damage which result in "pinpoint hemorrhages (bleeding) into the skin around the hair follicles. Other symptoms include general weakness, fluid retention (edema), depression, and anemia.

Other symptoms include lack of energy, irritability, listlessness, swollen and tender joints, loss of appetite, weakness, fatigue, restlessness, poor digestion, and the tendency to bruise easily.

Vitamin C deficiency causes poorly formed collagen (the protein which forms the basis of connective tissue) thus resulting in most of the above symptoms.

Foods rich in vitamin C prevents scurvy. These foods are Oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, limes, lemons, guava, cantaloupe, parsley, passion fruit, mangoes, asparagus, avocado and papaya.   (+ info)

How to treat scurvy in a 4 year old baby?

Her brother has Scurvy and won't eat ANYTHING but fast food. It comes and goes, and her mom doesn't believe in citrus fruits. Hes 4 years old and has NEVER been to a doctor, the mother is way to selfish.
This id my gf's brother, not mine...we believe in citrus fruits.
Shes giving him protein instead of vitamin C...lmao?

that's child abuse. but you can easily give them prenatal pills crushed (half a tablet) and mix it in with ketchup- it has enough vitamins and minerals to help a pregnant woman it will help with a child in smaller amounts. But I highly suggest you bring a child social worker into this, this is mistreatment when a small child has scurvy- I've worked 12 years in a hospital and I haven't ever seen a case like that. that's just sick.  (+ info)

How come modern day sailors don't have diseases such as scurvy?

Sailors were affected scurvy up to 300 years ago but by why don't they still get it? (by 'it' I mean scurvy)

Thank you in advance.

s was caused by lack of vit c
when they sailed they carried limes because they lasted longer than oranges/grapefruit
hence the calling of brits 'limey's', the scurrvy dogs!

arrrr, enuf schoolin' lassie
anotha' flaggon of ale wench!
lest ye taste the the broad side of me cutlass
and hang ye on me yard-arm  (+ info)

Why did the sailors get scurvy?

I've been reading around on the internet and many sites have suggested that frozen vegetables have just as much, if not a little less, nutrients than their fresh counterparts. If this is the case, then why did the sailors trying to find the northern passage in the past contact scurvy even though they had lemons that were frozen with them?

I believe this is what you were looking for:
"In the Royal Navy's Arctic expeditions in the 19th century it was widely believed that scurvy was prevented by good hygiene on board ship, regular exercise, and maintaining the morale of the crew, rather than by a diet of fresh food, so that Navy expeditions continued to be plagued by scurvy even while fresh meat was well-known as a practical antiscorbutic among civilian whalers and explorers in the Arctic. At the time Robert Falcon Scott made his two expeditions to the Antarctic in the early 20th century, the prevailing theory was that scurvy was caused by "tainted" meat, particularly tinned meat."  (+ info)

What is the cause of Scurvy and who suffered from it most?

Seaman were particullarly prone to this disease, why?

Scurvy is caused by a lack of vitamin c, from fresh fruits and vegetables. Seamen were particularly prone to the disease because they had very little, if any, fresh fruit or vegetables on voyages.  (+ info)

How was Scurvy treated in the Civil War?

I need it for my social studies project. I've looked online but cant find anything. Thanks to anyone who helps!

I don't think they did deal with it directly.
most of the war was in the south... I am sure by the time scurvy might affect the army it was spring again. and there were vegi's or greens sprouting aplenty .This is what I think tho. Just an opinion  (+ info)

What was the cure for scurvy a long time ago?

Like when pirates sailed the sea? Like herbal medicines or anything else, thanks!

A french captain once saved the lives of his men in pre-colony days who were sufferring from scurvy through help of the natives in
Canada by boiling the pine needles of a certain local tree which happened to have vit c in it. But at sea it was mainly citrus fruits  (+ info)

What was the drink called that Cartier drank to help Scurvy?

And what did they do to protect themselves from the cold?

They drank a tea made from tree foliage - possibly from the Northern White Cedar but no one is sure (Cartier was French, it was the English who drank lime juice).

As for the cold, they did what the natives did, wore furs.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Cartier for details on his life  (+ info)

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