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What is the difference between hypersensitivity and autoimmunity?

What is the difference between hypersensitivity and autoimmunity?

Very different: A hypersensitivity is generally what we call an allergic reaction. This is mostly to things you find in the environment, and most of the time is driven by an antibody called ige. An autoimmune disease is usually driven by igg antibody, and what is being attacked is something in the body that the immune system thinks is "foreign" and should be "dealt with" when it shouldn't be. ...Read more

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Autoimmunity (Definition)

Autoimmunity is failure of an organism in recognizing its own constituent parts as self, which allows an immune response against its own cells and tissues. Any disease that results from such an aberrant immune response is termed an autoimmune disease. Autoimmunity is often caused by a lack of germ development of a target body and as such the immune response acts against its ...Read more


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What is the difference between hypersensitivity pneumonitis and asthma?

What is the difference between hypersensitivity pneumonitis and asthma?

Very different: Hp is a hypersensitivity reaction usually to some organic material usually mold, but also food particles, bird droppings, pets, grains, etc. Asthma presents with mostly reversible airway obstruction due to exercise, allergens, infections. Both can present with sob, cough, wheezing, but hp can also have fever. Hp usually resolves or kept from turning into fibrosis, once removed from trigger. ...Read more

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What is the difference between hypersensitivity pneumonitis and asthma attacks?

What is the difference between hypersensitivity pneumonitis and asthma attacks?

Asthma attack: Asthma attack is an airway disease that involves the air passage thru the airways.Hypersensitivity pneumonitis(hp) involves the actual tissues of the lungs which are beyond the airways. Type of injury is differrent.Asthma attack is an acute reaction. While hp is slower mechanism, and presents with insidious progress.Asthma can also be a slow proccess, when it is poorly controlled. ...Read more

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What is the difference between hypersensitivity and auto-immune disease, in the context of immunology?

What is the difference between hypersensitivity and auto-immune disease, in the context of immunology?

They overlap: Hypersensitivity reactions, in the truest sense, are specific reactions your immune system has to any target (allergic reactions, antibody responses to proteins, immune cell responses to bacteria, etc.). The target could be self (your own body) or non-self (e.g. Bacteria or viruses). So, autoimmune reactions are hypersensitivity reactions, but not all hypersensitivity reactions are autoimmune. ...Read more

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What is the difference between type I hypersensitivity and type ii?

What is the difference between type I hypersensitivity and type ii?

Big difference: Type 1 is mediated by the IgE antibody and responsible for anaphylaxis, hay fever, allerg etc. Allergy skin test can identify these. Type 2 is mediated by IgG or IgM antibody and complement proteins that are "cytotoxic" that ends up killing the target cell. Examples of this are hemolytic anemia, Graves disease, Myasthenia gravis, Rheumatic heart disease, etc. For anemia, a Coombs test is used ...Read more

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Help please? What is the difference between type i hypersensitivity to type ii?

Type I is immediate: hypersensitivity reactions, involves IgE with histamine and other mediators release from mast cells, while type II is cytotoxic hypersensitivity reactions involving IgG or IgM bound to cell surface antigens, with subsequent complement (a protein in the blood) fixation, there are also type III and type IV reactions, type I reactions are responsible for immediate allergic symptoms to foods or drugs ...Read more

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Whats the difference between hypersensitivity pneumonitis and asthma?

Whats the difference between hypersensitivity pneumonitis and asthma?

What is effected: Asthma is a disease of chronic mid to small airway inflammation, sometimes caused by allergens but not always. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis is inflammation of the lung tissue itself as the result of exposure to allergens (eg birds) , it usually resolves when the allergen is removed, although long term exposure can lead to scarring. ...Read more

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What is the difference between autoimmunity and polymyalgia rheumatica?

What is the difference between autoimmunity and polymyalgia rheumatica?

See below: Pmr is an auto immune disease. In auto immune diseases certain types of white blood cells attack your own tissues and cause cell or tissue destruction. Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are two common examples. In these cases the immune system must be modulated, sometimes with powerful medications. ...Read more

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What's the difference between hypersensitivity and auto-immune disease, in the terms of immunology?

What's the difference between hypersensitivity and auto-immune disease, in the terms of immunology?

Very different: A hypersensitivity is generally what we call an allergic reaction. This is mostly to things you find in the environment, and most of the time is driven by an antibody called ige. An autoimmune disease is usually driven by igg antibody, and what is being attacked is something in the body that the immune system thinks is "foreign" and should be "dealt with" when it shouldn't be. ...Read more

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What's the difference between immunodeficiency and autoimmunity?

What's the difference between immunodeficiency and autoimmunity?

Function and target: The immune system should react against substances that harm us, and should tolerate substances that do not harm us. In immunodeficiency, there is a weakness on the immune response. Infectious occur frequently and more severe. In autoimmunity, there is malfunction on the immune response, targetting our own tissues, such as our joints in rheumatoid arthritis. Both processes may occur together. ...Read more

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Hypersensitivity (Definition)

Hypersensitivity is a clinical term in which a normally tolerable trigger results in a larger than expected response. Examples include emotional responses to social situations, or sunburn from average amounts of sunlight that normally do ...Read more