'm Allergic To My Husband

Watery eyes, runny nose, itchy throat, skin rashes, etc. Are all symptoms that appear as a result of contact with certain substances foreign to the body. We are talking about allergic symptoms. Due to reactions of the immune system, they are generally benign and temporary that antihistamines as well as some prevention gestures are sufficient to eliminate. However, there is a form of chronic allergy due to an immune system disorder, known as MCAS. Let us learn a little more about this disease, and discover the testimony of a young woman who suffers from it.

Before talking directly about this syndrome, let's first define the trigger mechanism of allergy.

How does an allergy is triggered?

When a person comes into contact with an allergenic element, such as food, smoke, cosmetics, mites, or the like, the mast cells that are part of the white blood cells release the chemical mediators specific to that allergen, In their cytoplasm, thus triggering an immediate allergic reaction. This can be manifested by digestive disorders, allergic rhinitis, urticaria, asthma, or the like.

Mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS)

As its name indicates, this pathology is due to a disruption of the functioning of the mast cells. These cells become hyperactive and begin to release their chemical mediators in an excessive and inappropriate manner, causing the appearance of several chronic symptoms.

Examples of MCAS symptoms:
  • Hot flushes,
  • Appearance of bruising, urticaria or itching,
  • Digestive disorders,
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness, dizziness, headache,
  • Memory impairment, loss of concentration,
  • Impairment of vision,
  • Cough, whistling, stuffy nose,
  • General fatigue,
  • Sensation of cold, etc.

When several of these symptoms are triggered at once, patients may suffer from anaphylactic shock. This in turn causes a difficulty breathing, weakening as well as an acceleration of heart rate and fainting. If the patient is not promptly treated as a result of the anaphylactic shock, the patient's life expectancy may be compromised.

Causes and treatments of MCAS

Although the causes of this autoimmune pathology remain undetermined until now, scientists believe it may be hereditary. As for its treatment, some patients show a marked improvement after taking stabilizers of mast cells, antihistamines or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Considered as a rather new pathology, the search for a cure is still ongoing.
In what follows, you will find the testimony of a young woman who suffers from this syndrome.

Testimony of Johanna Watkins

Johanna Watkins is a 29-year-old woman with MCAS. At the beginning of her illness, she presented only fairly slight symptoms, which she could manage more or less, and which allowed her to lead a quasi-normal life. Moreover, in 2013, Johanna was able to celebrate her marriage with Scott Watkins and shared moments of pure happiness with him. However, the more time passed and the more his condition got worse. Her allergic reaction to her husband was getting worse by the day. Migraines, coughs, digestive disorders and rash, she quickly passed to anaphylactic shock.

After several attempts, a truth was imposed on the young couple: they could no longer share the same space. Johanna was even allergic to the smell of her husband. Even though the young woman had already responded to several people in the past, including her parents, it was the hardest for her.

Today, Johanna lives in an attic room in which only her brothers and sisters are allowed, that her body tolerates. But before entering, they must not use perfumed soap or eat spicy food, and are forced to change clothes and never leave their sister's room. As for her diet, Scott is in charge of preparing her, since the young woman tolerates only 15 foods and spices.

While waiting for medicine to find a cure for this pathology, the young couple takes what life gives him, and tries to do joint activities, even if it is at a distance. The main thing is that they always live the great love, keeping the hope of meeting and living better days.


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