by: Lawrence Sliger
What porphyria is
Your body has converters called enzymes. (There are certain enzymes for different parts of the body this one is for the skin.)
Enzymes take Porphyrins and makes them into heme (which is apart of the hemoglobin which gives oxygen to your blood.) Porphyria occurs when enzymes stop working and don't make heme for parts of the body and the porphyrins build up, in some cases making the skin weak and easy to be burnt by the sun. Integumentary system is affected making weaker. The Respiratory system is affected it making ones urine purple or red.
1 in 25,000 Caucasians will get porphyria so it's pretty rare
How Porphyria can happen
Mutation (how most people get Porphyria)
Porphyria is an inherent mutation. There are environmental factors like drugs and alcohol that will give out Porphyria too but its most common as an inherent mutation.
Symptoms of Porphyria
There are a lot of symptoms I’m doing the most common symptoms
- Sun burns (severe)
- Back pain
- Arm pain
- Leg pain
- low blood pressure(sometimes deadly)
- discoloration of urine
- bad stomach
these happen randomly to the person with porphyria some are really rare some aren't
Treatment for Porphyria
How to find
How to diagnose Porphyria
If they have really bad sun burns and haven't been outside for long
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