Allergens are non-parasitic antigens (molecules) that are capable of stimulating a type-1 hypersensitivity reaction (immune or allergic response) in individuals.
Most humans mount a significant antibody response only as a defense against parasitic infections. However, some individuals mount an antibody response against common environmental antigens. This hereditary predisposition is called atopy.
In atopic individuals, non-parasitic antigens will stimulate inappropriate antibody production, leading to type-1 hypersensitivity. In other words, an undesirable allergic reaction is produced.
Dust,pollen, and pet dander are all common stimulators for allergies, but it is possible to be allergic to anything from chlorine to perfume.
An allergic reaction can be caused by any form of direct contact such as, eating or drinking a food, breathing in, or by direct contact.
The house dust mite is probably the most common instigator of allergies around the home.
Some common airborne antigens include:
Depending on your ability to fight them will determine whether or not you experience an allergic reaction.
By taking some simple steps to purify and clean your surrounding home environment, you can reduce or eliminate undesirable, damaging, discomfort-producing and sometimes fatal allergic reactions coming from the air you breath.
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