A couple of weeks ago, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America released its annual Spring Allergy Capitals report, which ranks the worst 100 cities for allergies in America.
“It’s the 12th year for this report, and it’s a reminder that, no matter where you live or what the outdoor conditions are, people need to take allergies seriously and have a treatment plan,” Mike Tringale, AAFA’s senior vice president for external affairs told USA Today.
How Allergies Work
The list serves as a reminder that allergy season is just around the corner, but what exactly causes allergies, you might ask?
“Allergy is actually a mistake that the immune system is making,” said Dr. Calman Prussin, of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in a video recently released by the American Chemical Society. “Normally we make antibodies to fight germs and to recognize germs, and in this case, the immune system has made a mistake and instead is making an antibody that recognizes harmless things, such as pollens or animal dander.”
When the body mistakenly recognizes something as a pathogen, it releases immunoglobulin E – which sets off the immune system response. The immune response is comprised off the release of several chemicals, including the well-known organic molecule called histamine.
“So the way histamine works as this small chemical messenger is that it find a receptor that’s on many, many cells of the body called a histamine receptor and it sends that cell a message,” Prussin said. “For example, in blood vessels – it binds to that receptor and tells that blood vessel to become leaky, which causes the runny nose that you get. Or, for example there are receptors on nerves, which the histamine will activate, and that gives you the sensation of that itchy nose that you might feel during pollen exposure.”
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