Deficiency

A deficiency is a lack or shortage of something which is essential to health.

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Rickets Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Skeletal Deformities
  • Fragile Bones
  • Poor Growth and development
  • Dental Problems
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Rickets Causes

Usually occurs when there is a lack of vitamin D or Calcium in a childs system, this is essential to enable the body to absorb Calcium and Phosphorus.

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Rickets Diagnosis

Rickets is usually diagnosed through:

  • Physical Examination
  • Medical History
  • Blood Tests
  • X-Rays
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Rickets Treatment

Rickets is usually treated  with increase in intake of Vitamin D and Calcium.

  • Eating more foods rich in vitamin D and calcium.
  • Taking daily calcium and  vitamin D supplements
  • Having a vitamin D injection regularly
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Rickets Prevention

  • Make sure the child has a healthy and balanced diet that contains plenty of vitamin D and calcium.
  • Sunlight gives individuals vitamin D
  • Supplements
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Scurvy Symptoms

Symptoms in adults include:

  • Feeling tired and weak all the time.
  • Pain in limbs,particularly the legs.
  • Appearance of small red-blue spots on skin.
  • Shortness of breath,particulary after exercise.
  • Easily bruised skin.

Symptoms in infants include:

  • Lack of appetite.
  • Irritability.
  • Poor weight gain.
  • High Temperature-38 degrees or above.
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Scurvy Causes

Scurvy is caused by a lack of Vitamin C in a diet, Without enough Vitamin C the body cant produce new collagen-which is a protein found in many body tissues., without the supply of collagen the tissue begins to break down and deteriorate.

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Scurvy Diagnosis

Scurvy is usually diagnosed by a doctor generally looking at the symptoms an individual has, tests can be carried out to measure the levels of Vitamin C an individual has. Sometime radiological procedures can be done to allow doctors to see damage scurvy has done.

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Scurvy Treatment

Scurvy is usually treated with Vitamin C supplements, however individuals can also be refered to a specialist depending on the cause. Individuals can be refered to specialists such as:

  • A Dietician
  • A Social Worker
  • A Gastroenterologist
  • A Psychologist.
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Scurvy Prevention

Scurvy can be prevented with a well balanced diet, that contains plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. This ensures that the body has enough Vitamin C at all times.

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