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  • Answer: You can get scurvy if you do not get enough vitamin C. This can be prevented by eating different citrus fruits or taking a daily multivitamin. In fact, the only creatures on earth that are capable of getting scurvy are humans and guinea pigs.
  • Answer: Scurvy is a disease caused by a Vitamin C deficiency. It was common among early sailing ship crews who did not have a source of Vitamin C in their diets during long voyages.

    Scurvy presents itself as swollen bleeding gums and the opening of previously healed wounds. It was a particular problem among sailors in the days of sailing ships as they had no fresh food for long periods of their voyages. The British discovered that consumption of citrus fruits - particularly limes - could prevent this disease. The Royal Navy began issuing sailors with a ration of limes, which led to the British in general being referred to as "limeys".


    James Lind (1716-1794) was the one who insisted that the British use lemons to combat the disease, but the Royal Navy did not heed his advice right away. When limes were first used, the disease did not have a name, nor did they know what caused it.
    Scurvy is a disease caused by deficiency of Vitamin C in the human body.
  • Answer: A low vitamin deficiency or it is in guinea pigs
  • Answer: Well you would have weakening skin or loss of teeth
  • Answer: By not eating fruit
  • Answer: mostly elderly people or achoholics get scurvy. Also people who live in not very developed countries such as Africa, can get scurvy because of all the famines there.
  • Answer: Scurvy is vitamin c deficiency. Ascorbic acid is important to the formation of collagen. Symptoms or characteristics of scurvy are gum bleeding, soreness or stiffness of the joints and lower extremities and also slow healing of wound.
  • Answer: Not getting enough vitamin C
  • Answer: You need to eat lots of fruit and vegetables, especially oranges!
  • Answer: anyone who does not have enough vitamin c, you get it from not eating enough fruit mostly. That is why pirates got is so often, because they very rarely could obtain enough fruits while traveling because fruit goes bad so quick.
  • Answer: Scurvy causes gums that are spongy, pots on the skin and bleeding from their mucous membrane(at the nostrils, mouth, lips, eyelids and ears). A person with scurvy also looks pale, is immobilized, can feel depressed, and in advanced cases causes loss of teeth and open wounds.
  • Answer: lack of Vitamin C
  • Answer: Scurvy is caused by the lack of vitamin C.


  • Answer: Vitamin C deficiency causes scurvy.
  • Answer: If left untreated people can die from scurvy. However, treatments is as simple as giving vitamin c (ascorbic acid) thus death from scurvy is rare in developed nations.Who wrote the thingat the top? Scurvy KILLS YOU

How did the doctors treat scurvy?

  • In Great Britain, sailors were given limes to eat - when aboard long-distance sailing vessels. Thus, they were called "Limeys". The vitamin C in limes prevented scurvy - as this is a disease which results from vitamin C deficiency.

    Nowadays, just eating some citrus fruits and/or taking vitamin C supplements prevent scurvy from occurring.

    Scurvy is very rare - in the United States, today. It does occur, however, in less developed parts of the world, especially in Africa.

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