Mastocytosis is a group of rare disorders of both children and adults caused by the presence of too many mast cells (mastocytes) and CD34+ mast cell precursors in a person's body. It can affect just the skin or it can also affect internal organs such as the stomach and intestines.

Some of the possible symptoms of mastocytosis look a lot like food or environmental allergies. A person with mastocytosis may be convinced that they have food allergies but the antibody tests may be negative.

* Itching
* Rashes
* Abdominal cramping
* Anaphylaxis (shock from allergic or immune causes)
* Skin lesions
* Abdominal discomfort
* Episodes of very low blood pressure (including shock) and faintness
* Bone or muscle pain
* Nausea and vomiting

Patients with Mastocytosis may feel better when taking reflux meds. Proton pump inhibitors help reduce production of gastric acid, which is often increased in patients with mastocytosis.

Check with your
doctor first!