Signs and Symptoms of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome

Mast cells contain a number of chemicals that they release in the face of a “threat”. For example, histamine secretion will raise the blood capillary permeability. This reaction can be seen in a number of allergy symptoms such as itching and swelling of the skin, congestion, inflammation, sneezing, and mucous production.

Another common chemical released by the mast cells are called cytokines release specific chemicals. They are commonly known as interleukins. This compound is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and it can stimulate smooth muscle contraction. The consequence is muscle cramp and ache. As there are many smooth muscles and mast cells in the stomach lining, you can see why an allergic reaction can come as stomach and intestinal pain and cramps. This can also occur in the bladder lining to cause muscle spasm. However, most people do not associate these symptoms as signs of an allergy problem. Instead, they usually suspect they have a parasite infestation or an episode of Candida infection.

Here are a common list of symptoms of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome:

  • Hives and/or rash
  • Swelling of skin or joint
  • Edema
  • Bloating
  • Itching, prickling, and burning sensation
  • Reddening of the skin
  • Reddening of the eyes
  • Watering of the eyes
  • Abdominal cramp and ache
  • Nausea
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Loose stool
  • Feeling winded
  • Heart palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Mind fog
  • Dizziness
  • Low blood pressure
  • General sense of fatigue
  • Tachycardia
  • Feeling woozy
  • Eczema
  • Hay fever
  • Dermatographism
  • Presyncope
  • Arrhythmia
  • Syncope
  • Tachycardia
  • Vomiting
  • Tightening of throat
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Difficulty recalling words
  • Migraine
  • Headache
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Intolerance to cold and heat

As you can see, over-reacting mast cells can bring on a large number of symptoms that can be misdiagnosed as other diseases and disorders.

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