When you think of allergy season you think of stuffy nose, itchy eyes, inflamed throat, sinus and lung challenges, irritated digestive tract, and urinary tract imbalance. Your body thinks that foreign substances like pollen and various allergens are threatening constituents and respond to that “perceived” danger in a very excessive way – spewing mast cells.
Mast cells are immune cells located throughout the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, sinuses, mouth, throat and the lungs. They are also found in the digestive, lower urinary and reproductive tissues as well as in the skin. They play an essential immune protective role by being intimately involved in the defense against foreign microorganisms. Mast cells contain large amounts of a type of fatty acid that is converted into histamine and other pro-inflammatory molecules when they are irritated.