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Allergies Type 5 Description

Aug 17, 2007
Allergy Type 5 is also called stimulatory allergy. Instead of the antibodies binding to the cell components as they do in type 2 allergies the antibodies bind to the receptors on the surface of the cells. This binding to the receptors will stop or slow down the signals transmitted between cells. This is a minor difference between allergies type 2 and allergies type 5 and is mainly used in Britain to distinguish between the two types.

Two example of Allergies Type 5 are Graves Disease and Myasthenia Gravis.

Graves Disease is an enlarged thyroid gland or goiter, which may be seen as a swelling in the neck, and a condition called Exophthalmia (protruding eyeballs, one or both eyes). The tissue behind the eyes becomes swollen, causing the characteristic bulging eyes. The thickening of the skin, described as orange peel is usually observed on the legs. The orange peel effect is caused by the inflammation of the cells under the skin.

Symptoms include increased appetite with a weight loss, fatigue, excess sweating, heat intolerance, and trembling hands. This disease is likely to occur eight times more often in women than in men. It is speculated that there may be a genetic cause for Graves Disease but no evidence of a genetic defect has been found.

Myasthenia Gravis is a disease that causes muscle weakness and is caused by antibodies circulating in the blood stream blocking the receptors on the muscle cells. The muscle weakness increases during periods of activity and gets better after resting. Muscles that control the eyes and facial area are usually affected first and show up as a difficulty in swallowing and slurred speech and a weakness of the eye muscles. In sever cases the muscles that control breathing are affected and assisted ventilation is needed to maintain life.

Symptoms include a drooping of one or both eyelids, double vision, unstable or waddling gate, a change or uneven facial expression, and shortness of breath. Diagnosis is performed by a blood test that identifies the specific antibody found in the blood stream.

Common Vitamins and over the counter products can help with Allergies Type 2 such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Pantothenic Acid, Glucosamine, Antioxidants, Allergy Aid, and Quercitin.

Vitamin A is a known antioxidant and can assist the human body in the healing process. Vitamin A is stored in the liver and fat cells of the human body and can reach toxic levels. DO NOT take more than the recommended dosage of Vitamin A.

Up to one-third of older people can no longer absorb Vitamin B from their food. Vitamin B is needed to form red blood cells and keep nerves healthy.

Vitamin C is nature's protective nutrient, essential for defending the body against pollution and infection and enhances the bodies immune system.

Beta Carotene protects the mucus membranes of the mouth, nose, throat and lungs. It also helps protect Vitamin C from oxidation, which enables it to perform at optimum efficiency.

Vitamin E protects the lung tissue from inhaled pollutants and aids in the functioning of the immune system.

Many find Pantothenic Acid to be very helpful against allergy symptoms. It is another form of nontoxic B vitamins. Pantothenic Acid is critical in the metabolism and synthesis of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

Glucosamine is an anti-inflammatory and may give some relief from allergy symptoms.

Substances called antioxidants can neutralize free radical by pairing up or binding with the free radical elections thus inhibiting them from damaging cells in the human body.

Allergy Aid supplies 9 beneficial Herb's to help provide temporary relief of respiratory allergies. The natural action of these specific Herb's help to open bronchial tubes and ease breathing.

Quercitin is a well known flavonoid. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants and can reduce inflammation boost the immune system and strengthen blood vessels and improve circulation. Quercitin is also known for its ability to block the release of histamines, thus reducing or preventing allergy symptoms.

Always consult your doctor before using this information.

This Article is nutritional in nature and is not to be construed as medical advice.
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David Cowley has created over 50 articles about the relationship between diseases and vitamins. For other articles on Allergies click on Articles on Allergies and for Other Articles
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