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A family from South Africa is applying to live permanently in Canada because they have found their symptoms of genetic allergy to sunlight have improved significantly since they have lived in Canada. The sunlight allergy called porphyria causes burning, blistering and scarring of the skin. Symptoms in more extreme cases include migraine, nausea, vomiting, chronic pain and even breathing cessation. Porphyria arises when porphyrins accumulate in the body due to an enzyme deficiency. Diagnosis is difficult because the symptoms are not very specific and usually result from effects on the nervous system or skin. Treatment involves avoiding sunlight, a moderate diet and avoidance of certain drugs and alcohol.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by About Allergies
About: Condition results in family applying for permanent immigration
Date: 22 December 2004
Source: About Allergies
Author: Judy Tidwell
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