Posted by Jeff on Oct 20, 2020 at 5:54 am in News | 0 comments | Last change: October 19, 2020
Mast cells, a type of blood cell, play an important role in the body's immune system. They are found in all tissues of the body and are part of the body's initial defense system. Mast cells respond to foreign bodies and injuries by releasing a variety of powerful chemical mediators such as histamine when activated. In a healthy person, these chemicals work beneficial to protect and heal the body. However, in a person with MCAS, the same chemicals are inappropriately triggered and released and have a negative effect on the body. Among the triggers are various foods, exercise, chemicals, fragrances, and stress. Many sufferers have difficulty identifying their triggers and discovering new triggers for many years after diagnosis.
Mast Cell Activation Syndrome [MCAS] causes a variety of uncomfortable, sometimes debilitating symptoms in one of the different body systems, often affecting several systems at the same time. The onset of MCAS is often sudden and affects both children and adults, sometimes in family groups, mimicking many other conditions, and exhibiting a variety of different symptoms that can be confusing to both the patient and their doctor. Often there are no obvious clinical signs as MCAS confuses the anatomy-based structure that underlies the traditional diagnostic approach. Very often the mast cell activation syndrome is hidden within sight.
Today, October 20th, is International Mast Cell Disease Awareness Day. The aim is to raise awareness of the need for more accurate diagnostics, better treatments and further investment in research. A day that raises the hopes of mast cell patients around the world to dream of a better future.
The Mast Cell Disease Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing research, education, and advocacy to support patients with mastocytosis and mast cell activation disease and their families, caregivers, and physicians. Here you can learn more and make a donation to help find a cure.
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