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Dr Greg Newson N.D.

Free ResourcesSigns and Symptoms of Pyroluria

It's a daunting task for anyone trying to determine whether or not they have Pyroluria. There are an enormous amount of potential signs, symptoms, family history and health conditions associated with Pyroluria. Theses signs and symptoms are so varied because of the many important and essential roles that zinc, vitamin B6, biotin and Gamma Linolenic Acid play within the body. For more information on conditions associated with these nutritional deficiencies, please visit Health Conditions in our Pyroluria Free Resources section.

To add to the confusion surrounding Pyroluria, one person may have many of the signs, symptoms or conditions listed below, but not suffer from Pyroluria. Their problems may be as a result of low zinc, low vitamin B6, low biotin or low Gamma Linolenic Acid. Whereas someone else may only have only a handful of symptoms, but suffer from full blown Pyroluria.

We recommend that if you suffer from at least 8-10 of the signs, symptoms or conditions listed, or there is a family history, that you organize a Pyroluria Test to confirm a diagnosis;

General Pyroluria Symptoms and Signs

Abdominal pain
Always Sick
Amnesia spells
Anger - explosive
Argumentative - likes to argue
Constipation
Crying spells
Delusions
Difficulty recalling past events
Difficulty recalling people or names
Difficulty remembering dreams
Dramatic Tendencies
Dyslexia
Elevated eosinophil’s
Emotionally unstable
Fatigue
Feeling on edge
Fearful
Fear of air travel
Food sensitivities
Frequent colds, fevers and chills
Frequent ear infections as a child
Hallucinations
Hyperactivity
Hypersensitive to noise
Hypoglycaemia
Inability to think clearly
Insomnia
Intolerance to alcohol
Intolerance to drugs
Intolerance to some protein foods
Lack of regular menstrual cycles
Little or no dream recall
Loss of appetite
Loss of libido
Low tolerance to stress
Migraines
Mood swings
Morning nausea
Motion sickness
More energy in evenings than mornings
Nervous exhaustion
Nervousness
New situations causes stress
Not handling criticism well
Overwhelmed in stressful situations
Overeating
Paranoia
Pessimistic
Poor memory
Poor morning appetite
Preference for heavily flavoured foods
Preference for spicy foods
Reading difficulties
Seizures
Sensitivity to bright light
Sensitivity to smells
Severe inner tension
Social withdrawal
Splenic Pain
Substance abuse
Temper tantrums
Tendency to skip breakfast
Tendency towards iron deficient anaemia
Uncomfortable with new people
Uncomfortable with new situations
Vulnerable to infections

Pyroluria Associated Health Conditions

Acute intermittent Porphyria
ADD
ADHD
Alcoholism
Aggressiveness
Allergies
Anxiety
Asperger's syndrome
Autism
Bipolar disorder
Criminal behaviour
Depression
Dermatitis
Down's syndrome
Eczema
Epilepsy
Learning difficulties
Manic depression
Neurosis/Neurotic
Nervousness
Noise oversensitivity
Panic disorders
Paranoia
Postnatal depression
Schizophrenia
Short term memory impairment
Substance abuse
Tourette’s syndrome
Violent offenders

Pyroluria Body Signs

Abnormal fat distribution
Acne
Cold hands and feet
Creaking in joints
Delayed puberty
Dry skin
Early greying of hair
Fluid retention
Hypo-pigmentation of skin
Inability of skin to tan
Knee ache or pain
Joint pain
Lack of hair on head
Lack of hair on eyebrows or eyelashes
Malformed cartilage or tendons
Overcrowding of teeth
Pale skin
Poor muscle development
Poor tooth enamel
Poor wound healing
Poor sense of smell
Poor sense of taste
Prone to stitches now or as a child
Significant growth after the age of 16
Skin appears paper thin
Skin burns easily in sun
Skin disorders
Skin rashes
Sneezes in sunlight
Stretch marks
Stunted growth
Sweet, fruity or acetone body odour
Sweet, fruity or acetone breath
Tingling in the arms and legs
Tremors
Teeth prone to cavities
Unexplained chills and fevers
White spots on fingernails

Family History Associated With Pyroluria

Genetic Pyroluria may be an issue if any parent, grandparent, great-grandparent, aunt, uncle, great aunt, great uncle or sibling suffers from Pyroluria. If there has been no diagnosis in previous generations, but there is a history of illness as listed below, then undiagnosed Pyroluria may run in the family tree.

Alcoholism
Anxiety
Bipolar disorder
Depression
Panic attacks
Schizophrenia
Suicide

As you can see there is a multitude of signs, symptoms and health conditions associated with Pyroluria. Signs and symptoms give a good indication of Pyroluria but are not necessarily a diagnosis for it. They may be merely a sign of zinc, vitamin B6 or biotin deficiency. The only way to be sure someone is suffering from Pyroluria is by organizing a Pyroluria Test. The Pyroluria Test is the only test that accurately diagnoses Pyroluria.