The Role of the Immune System in Allergies
The immune system is a complex network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body against harmful pathogens and foreign substances. One of the key components of the immune system is antibodies, which are proteins that recognize and neutralize specific foreign substances, such as bacteria or viruses.
There are different types of antibodies within our body that help us fight whatever the foreign substance may be. Two of the most abundant types of antibodies are IgE and IgG.
IgE antibodies are primarily involved in allergic reactions. When a person is exposed to an allergen, such as pollen or pet dander, their immune system produces IgE antibodies specific to that allergen. These antibodies then bind to mast cells in the body, triggering the release of histamine and other chemicals that cause allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, itching, and swelling.
IgG antibodies are involved in defending the body against bacterial and viral infections. They are the most abundant type of antibody in the bloodstream and are able to cross the placenta from a pregnant woman to her developing fetus, providing passive immunity to the fetus against certain infections. IgG antibodies can also activate complement, a group of proteins that help to destroy bacteria and viruses.
How does chiropractic care help?
Chiropractic adjustments have been found to be very effective for relieving allergy symptoms and even stopping allergies at their source. It reduces the severity of allergy symptoms as well as the frequency of occurrence. It does not work like allergy medications which have an antihistamine effect and only work as a “band-aid” for your allergy symptoms. Chiropractic adjustments help your body become more balanced so that it is better equipped for combating allergies at the source.
When your spine and nervous system are not at their best, it can lead to a variety of problems – including allergies. Your immune system can be affected, causing it to malfunction. A chiropractor can help relieve the stress on your nervous system with an adjustment. This allows your immune system to function at a more optimal level and makes it easier for your body to ward off infections while recognizing allergens as harmless.
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