Mast Cell Activation Syndrome
SAAT is one of the only treatments available found to be effective in treating Alpha-Gal Syndrome
Alpha-Gal Syndrome(AGS) is a syndrome that develops and manifests as various allergic reactions in humans after being bitten by the lone star tick. It is also called alpha gal allergy, red meat allergy, or tick bite meat allergy. Alpha-gal(alpha-galactose-α-1,3-galactose) is a sugar molecule found in most mammals, though not in humans, fish, birds, and reptiles. The lone star tick carries the alpha-gal sugar molecule, and passes it to humans when they are bitten by this tick. Anyone that has the alpha-gal sugar introduced into their system, can develop allergic reactions to meat or meat products that also have the alpha-gal sugar molecule. Consuming even a small amount of any four legged mammal including more widely consumed cow, pig, deer, and lamb, as well as those less frequently consumed, can set off a reaction. Products that are made with these animals in their manufacturing, can set off a reaction in a person with Alpha-Gal Syndrome. This includes foods that are ingested, medications taken orally or intravenously, products that are placed on the body, or hair, and fumes that are inhaled. Some of these additional products that people with AGS become allergic to are milk, and milk products, bacon, gelatin capsules, glycerin, medications such as heparin, cosmetics and hair care products, some paper products, leather and some fabrics, and even inhaling fumes from cooking. A neighbors wonderful smelling afternoon BBQ wafting into an Alpha-Gal Syndrome patient's yard, can set off a reaction. Allergic reactions can run from mild stomach upset, with variations of urticaria or hives, to more severe reactions including uncontrollable diarrhea, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, shortness of breath, and can even be life threatening with anaphylaxis. Symptoms can initially be more on the mild side and progress the longer a person has Alpha-Gal Syndrome. The number of foods they react to can increase, even having reactions to foods that are not mammal related. Often people with Alpha-Gal Syndrome develop Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. SAAT has greatly helped many people with AGS.
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Mast Cell Activation Syndrome
Mast Cell Activation Syndrome(MCAS) is a condition that develops in which the patient experiences repeated episodes of the symptoms of anaphylaxis – allergic symptoms that can include hives, swelling, low blood pressure, difficulty breathing and severe diarrhea. We all have mast cells, and in a person with MCAS, the mast cells become overactive and highly reactive, triggering the release of high amounts of histamines into their system. High levels of mast cell mediators(including histamines) are released during those episodes, leading to the above mentioned reactions. These episodes can be triggered by allergens, weather changes, stress, emotions, and environmental toxins. Often they become more easily triggered the longer they have the Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. They seemingly become "allergic" to more and more foods and environmental toxins, and have to greatly limit the foods they can eat, and limit exposure to certain environments or environmental conditions. Many of the triggers are not actual allergies, but their bodies react as if they are allergic, keeping their bodies in an almost constant state of reaction. Many diagnosed with MCAS develop additional symptoms including headaches, migraines, and auto immune type symptoms. Medications, including anti-histamines, aspirin, and steroids, can help reduce the severity of the reactions, though are not a cure. SAAT has been found to help reduce Mast Cell Activation Syndrome reactions and help increase tolerance to previous triggers.