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Is Scurvy A Hereditary Disease?

I am looking to find someone who specialises in Vitamin C deficiency, in or around Oxford, UK. I have suffered from Scurvy as a child. I have also read that it can be hireditory. I believe I may have this. have been to local GP but she doesnt know too much about it. symptoms are * aching/painful joints * Tiredness * Depression * loose stooles * Easy bruising. esp. arms and legs * I catch every cold and bug that seems to go around * Many infections. inc. Cystitis, Chest and tosilitis * I smoke * Easy bleeding gums * Spider Nevus * Gastroentoritis when younger * Take longer to heal, bled for 6 weeks after giving birth. * Generally feeling unwell also could it be possible my daughetr has it as while i was pregnent i had these symptoms. * Extreme vomiting- was admitted to hospital for dehydration 4-5 times * Water infection * numbness and tingling in fingers * Smoked * Lost weight during pregnancy * Gastroentorits * Loose stooles and my daughters symptoms are * tiny bruise like marks that come and go withing 48 hours * Sickness, due to reflux * Hardend leg muscles * Dry skin (which has now cleared) * infections inc, Thrush (2-3 times), umbillical cord. * has had a cold (maybe something to do with sinus as she snores and has a lot of gunk up her nose. Please bear in mind that my daughter is only 10 weeks old. and I am 22 I am in desperate need, I am going through a very hard time at the moment and need some advice asap.
Mon, 31 Aug 2020
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Hi,

This scurvy is usually caused by inadequate Vitamin C in diet, and not hereditary. Easy bruising, delayed wound healing and gingival bleeds can suggests not only scurvy but also any other diseases causing connective tissue weakness. We have to rule out thrombo cytopeina/platelet dysfunction also.

When suspecting scurvy, the easiest way to confirm is to try a trial of Vitamin C supplementation and see the response. Kindly discuss with your doctor. Meanwhile take plenty of green leafy vegetable and fruits, especially citrus fruits.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr. Muhammed Aslam TK
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Is Scurvy A Hereditary Disease?

Hi, This scurvy is usually caused by inadequate Vitamin C in diet, and not hereditary. Easy bruising, delayed wound healing and gingival bleeds can suggests not only scurvy but also any other diseases causing connective tissue weakness. We have to rule out thrombo cytopeina/platelet dysfunction also. When suspecting scurvy, the easiest way to confirm is to try a trial of Vitamin C supplementation and see the response. Kindly discuss with your doctor. Meanwhile take plenty of green leafy vegetable and fruits, especially citrus fruits. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Take care Regards, Dr. Muhammed Aslam TK