Erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP) treatments in Cardiff, Newport and South Wales.

Erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP) is a rare genetic blood disorder which causes an absolute intolerance to light. EPP is caused by a deficiency of an enzyme (ferrochelatase) which leads to the buildup of a chemical called protoporphyrin IX (PPIX) in the body, mostly in the skin and liver.

PPIX is phototoxic in skin: when exposed to light, PPIX in skin reacts with varying intensity which can cause excruciating pain. This reaction can be caused by sunlight exposure, but also certain types of artificial lights and laptop screens, as well as reflective light off water, snow or concrete.

Despite the reaction going on underneath the skin, there are often no immediate visible signs on the skin.

If you are suffering from Erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP) then do call us today on 02920 795775