Take 2 – Allergy

Okay, so the weekly update thing almost immediately failed. However I’m gonna give it another shot because it seems a shame to so easily give up. So for medical news I often go to my twitter account however that seemed to kill itself a while ago and I can’t be bothered to set up another account. However I think a good subject for this post will be allergy; because at the moment I’m suffering horrendously from it and I feel like collapsing.

My most recent news regarding allergy is actually my own discovery – I am becoming allergic to apples, yes apples, after eating them for the last 10 years absolutely fine. I do like apples and so the news is quite upsetting, however it did prompt me to do a little research on allergy and how it comes about.

I found this amusing so I’m sure everyone else won’t but allergenic reactions are actually a specific immune response by your body: Your body is effectively treating the  allergen as a foreign body. Hay fever alone affects 25,000,000 Americans every year in some way, and that is a surprisingly large proportion if you ask me. Anyway this immune response is actually caused by IgE (Immunoglobulin E) Now after the initial response as normal your body ‘remembers’ the particular allergen that caused the irritation. Mast cells, found very close to your cells closer to the external environment, can cause a cascade of reactions when re-exposed to said allergen, resulting in a rapid response by your body’s immune system – expulsive reflexes, (Coughing, Sneezing) Skin irritation, Runny nose are some examples of your body trying to remove the allergen in some way. This also explains why reactions to allergens get worse each time you are exposed to it – your body’s reaction gets quicker and quicker and so you feel the symptoms sooner and sooner.

There are tones of potential remedies for allergies so I won’t bore you with them. I will try however to post weekly from now on

 

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