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(C) Erica Julson

(C) Erica Julson

Dr. Edan Sarid:

Many people can have adverse reactions to a variety of triggers – including foods, airborne irritants, topical products or medications. But how do you know if you are truly allergic or just ‘sensitive’ to the irritant? An allergy is an immune-mediated reaction cause by Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies recognizing foreign proteins that trigger the release of chemical called histamine. Histamine can cause swelling, redness, itching, upset stomach and a variety of other symptoms. Alternatively, a sensitivity can be the onset of any adverse symptoms without direct involvement of the immune system. An Allergist/Immunologist can help to differentiate with testing an possibly curative treatment!

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  1. Ann April 23, 2017 at 9:28 pm — Reply

    IgG allergies are not immediate. Therefore if a person does not have an IgE response he or she may have an IgG reaction . Therefore patients need immediate reaction tests and later reaction time tests correct?
    Some allergies may not test positive on blood tests but rather on skin tests too.
    The higher the number on a blood test for an allergen does not necessarily mean the reaction will be worse either.

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