Allergic Cascade (cont.)
In this Article
- Who are the "players" in the allergic cascade?
- What about a more detailed look at the "players?"
- What are cytokines?
- What is the "early phase" of an allergic reaction?
- What is the "late phase" of an allergic reaction?
- What are the consequences of the allergic cascade?
- How does understanding the allergic cascade help?
- Allergic Cascade At A Glance
The Allergic Cascade At A Glance
- The allergic response is usually very selective for specific allergens.
- T- and B-lymphocytes play important roles in the allergic reaction.
- Mast cells and basophils release a variety of chemical mediators and cytokines that cause allergic inflammation.
- The immediate or "early" phase allergic reaction is subsequently followed by a more prolonged "late" phase reaction.
- Histamine is an important chemical mediator that causes many of the common allergic symptoms.
- Knowledge of the allergic cascade has resulted in effective treatments for allergy. Future research is aimed at finding new agents that intervene at specific levels of the allergic reaction.>
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