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NIH Scientists Discover Genetic Cause of Rare Allergy to Vibration
I found this article especially interesting because I think I have this disorder. I have never been able to run or do athletic things, or even dance without experiencing itching like having hundreds of mosquito bites. I get hives if I try to run. If I try to run outside, especially in the sun, it is crazy. I get hives and a rash quickly and want to tear my skin off. I thought I was allergic to sweat. Now I wonder if I am allergic to vibration. I will have to find a DNA health test that lists this disorder and see if I have it.
Scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Human Genome Research Institute have identified a genetic mutation responsible for a rare form of inherited hives induced by vibration, also known as vibratory urticaria. Running, hand clapping, towel drying or even taking a bumpy bus ride can cause temporary skin rashes in people with this rare disorder. By studying affected families, researchers discovered how vibration promotes the release of inflammatory chemicals from the immune system’s mast cells, causing hives and other allergic symptoms.