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What Does Immunological Mean
Does allergy get worse when exposed to pollen even if i take antihistamine and feel ok? I mean the underlying longterm immunological cause of allergy
Allergy progression: No one really knows why allergies sometimes get worse with time and often get better over time. Clearly, they can and do change. In order to have an allergy, you first have to have the gene to respond to the allergen. You're born with that. After that, things like bacterial exposures and allergy exposures can cause you to react but there's no way to predict it. Shots can change it downward though. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Recall: Protecting us from getting chicken pox 12 times for example is something called an anamnestic response or a memory response. The immune system when functioning normally is incredible and specific at recalling and protecting against foreign proteins etc (viruses for example; getting immunized to induce the body to make specific memory antibodies ). There's another part that requires no memory. ...Read more
Broad question!: There are many immunologic diseases. Some are due to deficient immune activity and those come with lots of serious infections. Others are due to overactivity. Allergic diseases are like that, and so are diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Oddly, some diseases have both excessive and deficient responses going on in the same person. ...Read more
SCID, ANAPHYLAXIS: Very broad question! the immune system can be nearly missing when you are born, that's called severe combined immune deficiency, and usually requires a bone marrow transplant. Lupus is a chronic disease that is also difficult to have and live with, but not always fatal like untreated scid. Even the most severe allergic reactions, called anaphylactic shock, are "bad immunologic" diseases. Lots are. ...Read more
Similar treatment: The mechanism of chronic hives can be due to a transient autoimmune response to a recent viral infection. These hives are still treated in a stepwise fashion, beginning with antihistamines (H1 and H2) as a first start. However, if your hives are resistant to therapy, and If is believed you have autoimmune urticaria, you might well respond to Xolair (anti-IgE), recently approved for hives. ...Read more
Complex eval & treat: See a board certiified specialist. Both are potentially complex diseases requiring specific multidirectional evaluations and treatment protocols. Usually you primary care physician can direct your to the appropriate specialist. ...Read more
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