Porphyria is a genetic disorder which causes a toxic chemical build up of porphyria in the body. There are seven unique types of porphyria. Depending on the type, symptoms can include red urine, sensitivity to sunlight, developing blisters, swelling across the skin, abdominal pain, constipation, cramping, vomiting, personality swings and muscle pain, weakness or paralysis. Acute porphyria can be treated by maintaining an electrolyte balance, monitoring gases in the blood, consuming more carbohydrates into the body and taking medicine. Long term treatments may include the elimination of alcohol from daily life, avoiding medicines which are not compatible with the disease, wearing sunscreen and avoiding causing any trauma to the skin.
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