What Causes Allergies?

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What causes allergies is a foreign substance that body reacts to, or sometimes even to itself. The body’s immune system is very complex and designed to help the body heal from a variety of attackers. Virus’s and bacteria are among the bad guys. Certain cells attack the invaders surround them and basically kill them so the body can continue to survive. This is how we heal and survive from colds and viruses as well as infections. The immune system sometimes gets out of whack and attacks cells that are not actually invaders but rather cells that belong normally and naturally to the body, in addition sometimes the immune system overreacts to a perceived threat creating a larger than needed response.

Allergies can be caused by having been exposed to too many environmental toxins, natural toxins or irritants. When the body is behaving normally these toxins or irritants will cause fairly small localized reactions while the body fights off the invader. In the case of allergies, for what ever reason the body misreads the problems or overreacts to them creating inflammation and an increased response.

The study of inflammatory diseases is still fairly new. It is generally accepted that certain types of pain are caused by inflammation but what causes the inflammation itself? Some physicians are now recognizing the possibility of heart disease as caused by inflammation of the heart and surrounding tissue, but again, what causes the inflammation? It appears that if your kidneys and your liver are in any way impaired then your body is unable to get rid of toxins which cause inflammation. The particle of an allergen which causes the allergic response is the protein.

Whether it is an allergy to pollen and airborne toxins or a response to topical allergies or even a response to food allergies it is an allergy created by an inappropriate response to an allergen. It is also fairly accepted that there is a genetic component to allergies as well. If either or both of your parents have allergies then you have higher odds of getting them yourself. In addition, according to some specialists your allergies change every seven years. So if you are highly allergic to something now, your body could change and in seven years you will be allergic to something different. This is important especially if you have severe allergies it is important to be careful and keep track of changes.

People with certain allergies have a tendency to be allergic to related allergens. Finding out what you are allergic to can lead you to other discoveries as well. People with pollen allergies are more likely to be susceptible to other airborne allergens. Those with allergies to certain foods will be more likely to have other food allergies.

Although allergies have been around for a long time it is still a relatively new area of medicine especially since we are gaining greater understanding of the interconnectedness of bodily systems. The connection between allergies and inflammation is helping researchers come closer to solving another mystery regarding the inner workings of the human body.

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