Last week’s blog post titled, Allergies Are An Inappropriate Immune Response. What’s Appropriate? I attempted to explain what happens to an immune system that responds appropriately to viruses, bacteria, and other invaders.
Antibodies (fighter proteins) are formed, antigens (bacteria, viruses, invaders) are attacked, and ridden.
In a person WITHOUT allergies, substances can pass through the bodies immune system without a response.
In a person WITH allergies, substances normally seen as “harmless” become allergen invaders and the body will react.
According to Allergy Therapeutics, here are examples of substances that can turn into allergens…
* Pet dander
* Tree and Grass Pollen
* Certain foods
The allergen substances attack, and the body responds by creating several antibodies.
It’s necessary to note that there are 5 DIFFERENT CLASSIFICATIONS of antibodies. When dealing with allergies, IgE antibodies are the culprit.
SO…. when your body is producing antibodies to fight off what it believes is “harmful” the result can lead to allergic reactions.
We know that memory cells are created to “remember” the specific intruder. SO…the next time your body encounters an allergen substance the body remembers to attack!
The attacks set’s off a chemical release known as histamine. (A compound that triggers the inflammatory response).
According to the Breakspear medical group…
“Contact with an allergen (the item that causes the reaction) can be with your skin, eyes, or with the lining of your lungs, mouth, oesophagus (gullet), stomach or intestine.”
As more chemicals are released into the body, annoying to life threatening symptoms can form.
- Runny Nose
- Skin Rash
- Watery eyes
- Flu-like symptoms
- Heart palpitations
- Mental Confusion
- Difficulty Breathing
P.S. How can such a beautiful and complex process go SO WRONG?