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How can I avoid getting cutaneous porphyria if it runs in my family?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
There are no lifestyle changes or medications that can prevent you from getting cutaneous porphyria. This skin condition is caused by a faulty or mutated gene. If you inherit this gene mutation from your parents, you may have an increased risk of cutaneous porphyria.

If you have cutaneous porphyria, exposing your skin to the sun may cause it to blister, change color, itch, and undergo other changes. See a dermatologist if you develop symptoms of cutaneous porphyria. 

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