Scurvy (severe vitamin C deficiency) is rare as most people get enough vitamin C in their diet. It's usually easy to treat.
Scurvy is caused by not having enough vitamin C in your diet for at least 3 months. Vitamin C is mainly found in fruit and vegetables.
Even people who do not eat very healthily all the time are not usually considered at risk of scurvy.
Although scurvy is rare, you may be more at risk if you:
Babies, children and older people who find it hard to have a healthy diet may also be more at risk of scurvy.
It's important that scurvy is treated. Scurvy is easily treated by adding some vitamin C to your diet such as fresh fruit and vegetables.
A GP may also recommend taking vitamin C supplements (also called ascorbic acid) until you feel better.
Most people treated for scurvy feel better within 48 hours and make a full recovery within 2 weeks.
The GP may refer you to a specialist for treatment, support or advice. This depends on what's causing your scurvy.
The best sources of vitamin C are fruit and vegetables.
It's important to speak to a GP or midwife before taking any supplements or making changes to your diet during pregnancy