What are the deficiency diseases of vitamin C?
In developed countries, vitamin C deficiency can occur as part of general undernutrition, but severe deficiency (causing scurvy) is uncommon.
Symptoms include fatigue, depression, and connective tissue defects (eg, gingivitis, petechiae, rash, internal bleeding, impaired wound healing).
What happens if a person has a deficiency of vitamin C?
Scurvy happens when there is a lack of vitamin C, or ascorbic acid. The deficiency leads to symptoms of weakness, anemia, gum disease, and skin problems. This is because vitamin C is needed for making collagen, an important component in connective tissues.
What are the symptoms of low vitamin C?
Here are the 15 most common signs and symptoms of vitamin C deficiency.
- Rough, Bumpy Skin.
- Corkscrew-Shaped Body Hair.
- Bright Red Hair Follicles.
- Spoon-Shaped Fingernails With Red Spots or Lines.
- Dry, Damaged Skin.
- Easy Bruising.
- Slowly Healing Wounds.
- Painful, Swollen Joints.
What does a person with scurvy look like?
Skin problems – one of the first signs of scurvy is the development of perifollicular hyperkeratotic papules, often on the shins. These appear as reddish/bluish bruise-like spots surrounding hair follicles. The central hairs are twisted like corkscrews that may break easily.