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What is a cure for mastocytosis?

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Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Unfortunately none: Mastocytosis of the skin is common in children and is ususally resolved by or before the teenage years. In adults, it may or may not ever resolve. Mastocytosis throughout the body (systemic mastocytosis) will most likely never go away, but luckily is not life-threatening. In rare cases where the systemic mastocytosis is associated with leukemia, chemotherapy may help. See a specialist for info.
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Not really: Mastocytosis of the skin is common in children and is ususally resolved by or before the teenage years. In adults, it may or may not ever resolve. Mastocytosis throughout the body (systemic mastocytosis) will most likely never go away, but luckily is not life-threatening. In rare cases where the systemic mastocytosis is associated with leukemia, chemotherapy may help. See a specialist for info.

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What is mastocytosis?

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Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Too many mast cells: Mastocytosis is an overgrowth of mast cells, immune cells that release histamine and other chemicals upon activation. There are several forms, from small collections of cells in the skin (urticaria pigmentosa) to increased numbers in the bone marrow and throughout the body (systemic mastocytosis). Symptoms vary from hive-like reactions to recurrent anaphylaxis. See a specialist for more details.

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