Interstitial Cystitis: Might You Have an Allergic Bladder?
Calling all interstitial cystitis and non-bacterial prostatitis sufferers! Do you experience any of the following?Hay feverHives or non-contact dermatitisItchy, runny, or sore eyesRunny nose or scratchy throatAsthmaEczemaFoggy brainFatigueIf so, your painful bladder symptoms might have a histamine component to them. Histamine is an organic compound, produced in the mast cells. Mast cells are found in connective tissue including the skin, stomach and intestines; in mucosal tissue; and around blood vessels, nerves and lymphatic tissue. The purpose of histamine is to provoke an immune response such as inflammation, increased mucus production, capillary dilation, or smooth muscle contraction when the body is exposed to an allergen. It also acts as a neurotransmitter for the brain, spinal cord and uterus, assists with digestion, and helps regulate the sleep/wake cycle.In appropriate situations, histamine carries out an essential role, helping us to remove pathogens from our bodies and assisting us with vital bodily functions. However,…Read the full article