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Allergies Type 4 Description

Aug 17, 2007
Allergy Type 4 is also called cell-mediated or delayed allergies. When T-cells become activated and result in an inflammation of the effected area. Unlike the other type of allergies, type 4 is not antibody related but rather is a type of cell-mediated response. An example of this is a rash caused by poison ivy.

Allergies type 4 is often called hypersensitivity or delayed type of reaction that takes two or three days to develop. The activation of macrophages, natural killer cells, and T-lympohcytes involves the release of various cytokines in response to an antigen.

Cytokines are a group of proteins and peptides are used to allow one cell to communicate with another. The cytokines are released by many types of cells and are involved with a variety of responses to inflammatory and infection diseases. They can have effects on both nearby cells or throughout the entire human body.

Cytokines cause white blood cells to turn into macrophages. These macrophages eat foreign substances in the body but they can also damage normal tissue. This damage to normal tissue results in the inflammation of the skin, or skin rash that occurs with poison ivy.

Sensitivity can develop over time and may not appear when you are expose to the irritant the first several times. A good example of this is the growing number of healthcare workers that are becoming allergic to latex after regular and prolonged exposure to latex examination gloves. Other causes for healthcare workers allergic reactions are frequent washing of the hands, incomplete drying, hand sanitizers and zinc oxide.

Common Vitamins and over the counter products can help with Allergies Type 4 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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