Porphyrin in your body links to a protein present in the red blood cells, binds iron, and carries oxygen to the various organs and tissues in your body. All in all, it is essential for hemoglobin to function normally. When high levels natural chemicals that produce porphyrin build-up in your body, a group of disorders occur, known as porphyria.
The disorder can be characterized into two categories:
Acute porphyria- It mainly affects the nervous system and causes symptoms that can appear quickly and can be life-threatening. Women rarely develop acute porphyria before puberty and after menopause. Symptoms of this disorder may last for a week or two and generally get better gradually after the attack.
Possible signs and symptoms of acute porphyria include:
Cutaneous porphyrias- It affects the skin and causes symptoms when your skin is overly sensitive to sunlight. Nervous system is usually not affected by this kind. It may take several days for the attacks to end and some sign and symptoms may show up as early as during infancy or childhood.
As a result of sun exposure, you may experience:
If you experience severe abdominal pain, sensitivity to the sun or red or brown urine, you should promptly seek medical attention.
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