Patients at Essential Health Solutions often communicate to us that they are already familiar with immediate allergies (or Type I allergies), although they may not be familiar with the term.
WHAT IS AN IMMEDIATE ALLERGY?
If you know that you are allergic to something because you experience a symptom every time you're exposed to the allergen, as soon as you're exposed to it (less than 2 hours after exposure), then that is an immediate allergy.
For a more detailed explanation of how allergies occur in general -- and of the terms "antigen" and "antibody" -- read our article: Allergy Testing.
In terms of immediate allergies, they are any allergy which causes the immune system to produce a type of antibody called IgE. When these IgE antibodies bind to the perceived antigens, they create what's called an "immune complex". When certain specialized cells of the body (called "mast cells" and "basophils") come in contact with these immune complexes, they release a substance known as "histamine" which is responsible for producing all the symptoms the allergy sufferer experiences.
IMMEDIATE ALLERGY TESTING IN CHICAGO AT ESSENTIAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS
To ask questions about blood allergy testing in Chicago for Immediate Allergies, please call Essential Health Solutions at 773.878.7330 or visit us in our Andersonville office. We proudly serve Chicago area residents with food allergies testing and individualized nutrition counseling.