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CHARACTERISTIC Sensitive to sunlight – painful and having blisters. Have purple-colored urine. Porphyria patients has aversion to garlic - they can experience agonizing pain because of garlic. Fangs – The gum line of those with the diseaseoften recedes, creating the appearance of largerteeth or fangs. Develops more hair over body parts and face.
TREATMENTS A victim of porphyria cannot produce heme, a major and vital component of red blood.Centuries ago, porphyria victims mighthave sought to treat themselves bydrinking blood. Today porphyria can be treated withinjections of blood products, HEME or withhigh carb-diet.