A research paper by a Professor at Yale Univeristy is the latest to argue that allergic reactions have evolved as a healthy response to toxins. Hvad tror du? We’d love to read your comments on this post.
An allergic reaction is the body’s way of attacking harmful things like poisons and irritants, and encouraging us to avoid undesirable environments, though an excesive allergic reaction is less desirable.
Led by a Russian professor of immunobiology at the Yale Univeristy School of Medicine, the theory behind the research is that reactions to allergens are a way of assessing the environment for poisonous substances. A reaction makes the substance memorable, and the next time the body encounters that substance it performs the allergic reaction as a response to protect the body.
The report which can be found on the website www.nature.com says that allergic reactions can protect us from four types of toxins. These include environmental irritants like pollen and dust. On encountering pollen or dust our body may produce more mucous in our nose to try to protect us from the allergen. This mucous causes the stuffy nose associated with hay fever (pollen allergy), og dust allergy.
An allergic reaction is therefore a direct way of protecting us from allergens. It also discourages us from visiting environments where the allergen is present, indirectly protecting us from unwanted effects of allergens.
Hayfever symptoms omfatte nysen, lĂ¸bende nĂ¦se, stuffy nose, itchy skin on the face og hals, klĂ¸ende Ă¸jne, red or swollen eyes, a bloated face, puffy eyes og associated lethargy.
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