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It a pollutant allergy different one from the others?

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Dr. Robert Silge
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Yes

Allergies are caused when you have a certain type of antibody to proteins you encounter, such as those found in pollen or pet dander.
The particles of air pollution are typically much simpler chemically, and you do not develop antibodies. However, they can be chemically irritating to lungs, nasal passages, etc, and diesel particles in particular can enhance allergic reactions to other pollens.

In brief: Yes

Allergies are caused when you have a certain type of antibody to proteins you encounter, such as those found in pollen or pet dander.
The particles of air pollution are typically much simpler chemically, and you do not develop antibodies. However, they can be chemically irritating to lungs, nasal passages, etc, and diesel particles in particular can enhance allergic reactions to other pollens.
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Dr. Jeffrey Rosch
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Irritation vs allerg

Most pollutants are particulate or volatile chemical irritants rather than allergens.
They irritate mucous membranes rather than induce an ige mediated allergic reaction.

In brief: Irritation vs allerg

Most pollutants are particulate or volatile chemical irritants rather than allergens.
They irritate mucous membranes rather than induce an ige mediated allergic reaction.
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