Agent Tomato (agent_tomato) wrote in little_details,
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Scurvy

Setting: A large city in the northeastern United States, modern day
Searched: "scurvy," "scurvy symptoms," "scurvy treatment," "scurvy effects," and so forth.  Multiple articles on Wikipedia and a few online medical encyclopedias.

A young man in his late teens becomes so involved in a project that he neglects his diet over an extended period of time, and contracts scurvy.  His symptoms eventually become bad enough that he goes to a doctor, receives a diagnosis, and recovers by resuming consumption of Vitamin C.  My questions:
1. How long from the initial presentation of symptoms will they become severe enough to convince a person who makes a habit of neglecting his health that he needs to see a doctor?
2. Will symptoms completely vanish after he begins taking Vitamin C, or will there be some lingering effects?

Edit: I know that even fast food has enough Vitamin C to prevent scurvy.  I am still researching exactly what he will be eating (my top candidate at the moment is Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop-Tarts, which I have confirmed have no Vitamin C), but I will make sure that it is something that would actually lead to scurvy.  He essentially locks himself into his room with a stockpile of insert-non-perishable-food-substance-here for weeks at a time.
Tags: ~medicine: illnesses (misc), ~medicine: starvation/malnourishment
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