Thursday, 25 February 2016

Hay fever medicine reduces symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome

Interesting thought, if IBS responds to an antihistamine, might that mean there is an autoimmune component to the disease? That also might make sense given the frequent comorbidity with fibromyalgia. "IBS patients have extremely sensitive bowels associated with increased pain perception. This phenomenon is comparable to the increased sensitivity of our skin to hot water after sunburn. The exact cause of this hypersensitivity has long been unknown. Researchers already knew that the bowels of patients with IBS contain larger quantities of the substance histamine, but the specific link with hypersensitivity had not yet been made."

Hay fever medicine reduces symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome
Pamela is a former accountant, recovering journalist and international cat herder, disabled and chronically sick with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Cervical spondylosis, fluent in three languages; English, Spanish and Rubbish. Mostly writes in the latter. She likes Genealogy, Model Railways and Cats.

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