Mast Cells and Histamine in MPN Related Itching Explained

mast cell in mpn

Publisher’s Note: PV Reporter is very pleased to welcome Kate Newberry as contributing writer.  She is collaborating with me on the Mast Cell Mania series providing the “medical commentary.” Kate Newberry is a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Leukemia at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center collaborating with Dr. Srdan Verstovsek, […]

Over the Counter Combo of Zyrtec and Zantac helping PV patients get relief from Itching!

zantac and zyrtec for polycythemia

Part 1 in a Series – “Mast Cell Mania” at the Root of many MPN Symptoms by David Wallace Background A high percentage of polycythemia vera – MPN patients suffer from Aquagenic Pruritus, a fancy clinical term for itching.  Few patients presenting with itching are tested for PV, but it is a classic symptom that […]

Strategies to Beat Itching in Polycythemia Vera

woman scratching her neck due to PV

How Can I Beat the Itchies? contributed by Paul Jaeger I was suffering from itching (pruritis) almost 10 years before my Polycythemia Vera was diagnosed.  It’s the worst symptom my disease/condition has brought so far, although the doctor promises death at some point in my future.  I had to give her $150 to tell me […]

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