Immune Response, allergies, hay fever, autoimmune
Our immune systems’ best response to viruses, bacteria and a range of allergens is to activate a cascade of defenses including concentrations of white blood cells and antibodies.
- Autoimmune: rheumatoid arthritis (RA), lupus, skin disorders (like psoriasis)
- Allergies: pollen, food, environmental
- Chemical hypersensitivity
Allergic reactions are usually false alarms for the immune system, an over-reaction that may show as a runny nose, sneezing, itching, rashes, swelling, or asthma. Allergies can range from minor to severe, even life-threatening (anaphylaxis). Pollen, dust mites, mold spores, pet dander, foods, insect bites and even medicines often cause reactions. Food allergens enter via the digestive system. Chemical and environmental toxins arrive via the lungs, gut and skin.
Arizona exposes us to a wide variety of pollens and dust during our many growing, blooming and windy seasons.
Our stressful lives further challenge our immune response, and make us more vulnerable to allergies (immune over-reaction), infections and cancer (immune under-reaction).