Allergies and Hypersensit... >
David Bardell MRCVS tackles allergies and hypersensitivities in his latest article for our Veterinary Column. Allergies and hypersensitivities are a complex group of disorders involving increased reactivity of the animal`s immune system.
The immune system is usually highly discriminative, recognising and responding to many thousands of individual substances as well as being able to identify cells belonging to the body and differentiate them from foreign cells or substances. Sometimes this ability to discriminate is lost and a reaction is mounted against other similar substances or even the body`s own cells.
Some substances may trigger reactions similar to allergies in the body but without prior contact. These reactions are not truly allergies, but are often clinically indistinguishable and difficult to differentiate.
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