Lifestyle and home remediesBy Mayo Clinic Staff
- Learn what could trigger symptoms. Talk to your doctor about the type of porphyria you have and become familiar with possible symptom triggers and ways to avoid them.
- Inform your health care providers. Tell all your health care providers that you have porphyria. This is particularly important because sometimes treatments, medications or surgery can trigger porphyria symptoms.
- Wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace. Have information about your condition inscribed on a medical alert bracelet or necklace, and always wear it.
PreventionBy Mayo Clinic Staff
- Avoid medications known to trigger acute attacks. Ask your doctor for a list of safe and unsafe drugs.
- Don't use alcohol or illegal drugs.
- Avoid fasting and dieting that involves severe calorie restriction.
- Don't smoke.
- Minimize sun exposure. When you're outdoors, wear protective clothing and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF).
- Treat infections and other illnesses promptly.
- Take steps to reduce emotional stress.
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