Posted on Nov 6, 2015 9:25am PST

Have you ever wondered why some people are allergic to certain foods or plants and not others? A recent study shows that some allergens carry molecules similar to those found in various types of parasites, which cause many people’s immune systems to overreact.

How are Allergies Activated?

Allergies occur when an antibody referred to as Immunoglobulin E recognizes an allergen and binds to it. This sends the immune system into hyper-drive and leads to allergy symptoms such as runny nose, hives, and life-threatening breathing patterns.

Many researches state that this occurrence evolved to help humans and animals defend against different types of parasites. They argue that in developed countries, people’s Immunoglobulin E may be targeting molecules similar to these parasites, by mistake, causing these persons to suffer allergic reactions.

How Can This Finding Help Improve the Lives of Those Suffering Allergies?

This new finding can help lead to a new method of identifying allergens. Researchers state that this finding can also provide the following changes:

  • A new way to screen foods for possible allergens
  • Design better therapies for allergy-prone persons
  • Allow doctors to administer specific proteins rather than pollens as forms of allergy shots
  • Help make immunotherapy safer and more efficient

Although this finding may explain some allergens and people’s reactions to these allergens, it does not explain others. Researchers are working hard to find more answers to this new discovery.

Suffering Allergies? Let the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia Help You

If you are suffering from allergies, it may be time to get in touch with our Atlanta allergists at the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia. When you become our patient, we will take the time to understand your symptoms and determine which methods can improve your current situation in the safest and fastest way possible.

Don’t wait. Start breathing and feeling the way you should today. We are standing by waiting for your call.