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Re: why are some people allergice to most antibiotics.. and some aren't?????

Date: Sat Dec 2 18:45:28 2000
Posted By: Michael Watson, Grad student, (biology) Have Undergrad degree in biomedical Engineering, Central CT State University
Area of science: Immunology
ID: 969987234.Im

Dear Randi,

The easiest way to explain why some people are allergic to anything compared to others is that they have a hyperactive (overactive)immune system. These people's immune systems see the foreign substance (such as dust, food, or antibiotics) as something foreign. It is like a lock and key system. The foreign object is a lock and the body's immune system has keys that "fit" exactly with the foreign object. If there is not a key that "fits" then the body has a build up histamine. This alerts the body's immune system. Because it cannot be identified as helpful or ignored, the body's immune system mounts a defense against the foreign substance that varies in degree. Some people's reactions are so severe that they go into anaphylactic shock.

I have listed a few websites where some of these questions are answered. I hope this helps you




Allergies to pets

http:// 2C39022.asp

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