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What Foods Make Porphyria Worse
Ultraviolet!: It is not sunlight per se, but the ultraviolet rays in sunlight. They penetrate the skin and alter dna in white cells in small blood vessels causing a flare, usually cutaneous. Patients should always wear suntan lotion, uv-30 or better and never use tanning beds! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A group of rare hereditary conditions involving abnormal metabolism of heme. A common form, Porphyria cutanea tarda affects the skin, with blisters, itching and rash that are worse after sun exposure. In Acute Intermittent Porphyria, abdominal pain, muscle pain, numbness or tingling, seizures, and ...Read more
See below: Methylprednisolone is a corticosteroid, one side effect of which is to elevate blood sugar (hyperglycemia, not diabetes) which can simulate diabetes. If excess sugar isn't used by body (muscles, etc), cells may act as though starving for nutrient & cause craving for more sweets. Usually not a problem with short-term/low-dose med, but can be with long-term/high-dose use. Doc should address problem. ...Read more
Not sure: There are a lot of possible causes of persistent nausea, and it would require more detail then you have provided here to try to sort it out. A good start would be to try a chewable antacid such as Tums (calcium carbonate) several times a day for a week or two, whenever you get the nausea, just to see if it helps at all. If it does help, it's probably related to the stomach. If it does not, see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more
I'm lactose intolerant, greasy food bothers me stomach and processed foods cause me abdominal pain what kind of diet do you recommend?
See a dietician...: ...For an individualized meal plan, but you've already identified what food groups to minimize--lactose, excessive fats, ; products that are highly processed. This leaves you fresh fruits/vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, fish, etc--in other words, a healthy diet! you may also be able to tolerate lactose with use of lactase supplements. Happy shopping! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Eating Disorders are: Complex. Often they stem from issues from when we were very young. If food, eating and drinking make you anxious, it is important to figure out what food is triggering for you. Find a psychologist who can help you figure this out. Once you have, you will be able to eat more. (some cognitive behavioral techniques might help relatively quickly, but it may take some time). ...Read more
Vitamins, veggies: There are a lot of other sources of calcium. Of course you want to make sure you have a balance of calcium, vitamin d, and other trace minerals like phosphorus. A daily multivitamin can help, as well as orange juice with calcium and vitamin d. Some vegetables, like broccoli, are high in calcium, and meats have some too. Talk with a nutritionist for more ideas. ...Read more
Lack of fiber: Constipation is due to character of the GI tract and lack of sufficient fiber in the food. Some cases are due to side effects of medication. You may try to increase your fiber intake by eating vegetables, fruits and whole grains. If that does not work try taking a fiber laxative like metamucil. ...Read more
Avoid what hurts: That is the easy answer. Other things to avoid are caffeine containing drinks and foods. Chocolate, spicy foods. and foods with acidic content may cause problems. Smoking and alcohol will definitely make it worse. If you must eat foods that have these qualities the consider smaller portions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What causes food adversions? Certain smell of foods does not agree with my body? It makes me nauseous. Please help. Thanks
Various reasons: Some people can clearly link their aversion to a specific event. For others there is just no explaining. Early exposure to certain culturally acceptable foods certainly helps set food preference. But the vast majority of food preference is just unexplainable. The gut has a mind of its own. Thank you for not calling this an allergy! ...Read more
It depends.: It depends on whatyou can eat. If you have a problem with foods that are spicy, rich, or acidic, then avoid those foods. You might need to avoid lactose foods, like milk. Avoiding stress and an overall high fiber, bland diet would help a great deal if not already done. A visit to your doctor to get tested, and work out therapy can help. ...Read more
Whitening teeth: Avoid eating foods that stain teeth- coffee, teas, blueberries, cherries, colas etc. Eating foods like apples, broccoli, carrots, can help to remove stains. Be cautious with "whitening toothpastes" because while they don't have any active ingredients to whiten your teeth, they are more abrasive and can make your teeth sensitive, and ultimately darker as they remove the enamel ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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