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Scurvy is caused by a lack of vitamin C in your diet. Vitamin C is mainly found in fruit and vegetables.

Symptoms of scurvy may include feeling tired and weak, joint or leg pain, swollen or bleeding gums and red or blue spots on the skin.

It's important to treat scurvy quickly. This can often be easily done by adding more vitamin C to your diet, such as from fresh fruit and vegetables.

The best way to prevent a vitamin C deficiency is to eat a healthy, balanced diet that includes fresh fruit and vegetables.

Scurvy is caused by lack of vitamin C and can often be treated easily by adding more vitamin C to your diet. A doctor may also recommend supplements.

Page last reviewed: 27/09/2023
Next review due: 27/09/2026