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Young patient needs 100 pills daily for three rare diseases


Three dangerous diseases at the same time: woman swallows 100 tablets a day

A young woman from the UK has to wear a face mask every time she leaves the house because she could be killed by germs in the air. In addition, the former teacher takes 100 tablets a day to fight three rare diseases.

Woman suffers from three rare diseases

A former UK teacher is forced to wear a face mask every time she leaves the house because the germs in the air could kill her. As the Daily Mail reports, 27-year-old Hannah E. from South Wales also swallows 100 tablets every day to fight three rare diseases that make her live practically without an immune system.

Immune system offers little protection

One of the diseases is so-called mastocytosis, which belongs to the "mast cell activation diseases" (MCAD).

It is a disease of the immune system in which the cells mutate, which should protect them from environmental influences and external threats, and attack their bodies.

"Mastocytosis is a rare disease that consists in an abnormal multiplication of mast cells," explains the self-help association "Mastocytosis e.V." on its website.

"The disease affects both children and adults and occurs in different forms," ​​said the experts.

“Mast cells are the body's own cells, which arise from stem cells in the bone marrow. They are found in every person's skin, mucous membranes and other tissues, and play an important role in the defense against diseases there, ”explains the Competence Network Mastocytosis e.V. on its website.

Quality of life is badly affected

According to the experts, the release of chemical "alarm signals" such as histamine from mast cells activates other important players in the immune system.

However, histamine and other messenger substances can also cause "allergic reactions" such as itching, reddening and swelling of the skin, headache, dizziness, diarrhea and circulatory reactions.

Other possible symptoms of the disease include hot flashes, abdominal pain, nausea, nosebleeds, increased tendency to bruising, bone, muscle and joint pain, increased irritability, concentration problems and shock-like symptoms up to anaphylaxis.

According to the network, the disease no longer heals. "There are patients who are severely affected by their symptoms in their life course and in their quality of life," said the experts.

Sneezing at the other person could kill the patient

The quality of life of the young British woman is also badly affected by the disease. According to the “Daily Mail”, mast cell disease makes the former teacher so vulnerable that even a sneeze from other people could kill her.

In addition to mastocytosis, Hannah E. also suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) and postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS).

The former "is a congenital, rare, hereditary and inheritable connective tissue disease with a collagen biosynthesis disorder (metabolic disorder)," explains the Federal Association of Ehlers-Danlos Self-Help e.V. on its website.

Among other things, the disease can lead to over-mobility of the joints.

And at POTS, those affected experience a higher pulse, drowsiness and dizziness when changing to an upright body position.

Never leave the house without a face mask

Her three illnesses have already brought the young woman from Wales into life-threatening situations.

In the past, the patient had nosebleeds that turned into pneumonia, which eventually led to sepsis (blood poisoning). "I was in the intensive care unit for four and a half months," the newlywed woman told the Daily Mail.

Hannah E. now always wears a face mask when she leaves the house. According to the newspaper report, she often receives bad comments from strangers because they fear that she has an infectious disease.

"For years I was embarrassed to wear a mask," said the 27-year-old.

"I always got negative comments from people who said I shouldn't be outside if I could spread germs that others could catch."

"But the mask is for my safety."

16 different pain relievers

To cope with a variety of symptoms, she receives up to 16 intravenous injections and 16 different pain relievers daily.

With her story, she now wants to draw attention to the rare diseases and encourage people to take better care of their hygiene.

"Someone who coughs next to me could spread a virus that just gives him a simple cough," said the young woman. But "this virus can make me need intensive treatment".

She now hopes to survive this winter without having to go to the clinic: “I've been to the hospital every year since I was a little girl. Hopefully this year will be different. ”(Ad)

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