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A 31-year-old member asked:

help plz! can pregnancy or labor cause mastocytosis?

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Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
No: Mastocytosis is caused by mutations in the DNA that lead to increased mast cell growth. These mutations occur randomly, not due to pregnancy or labor. Hormonal changes in pregnancy may exacerbate the symptoms of mastocytosis, or can also lead to other problems like hives during or after pregnancy. See an allergist/immunologist or a provider that specializes in mastocytosis for more info.

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