Questions answered by Dr. Shachindra Joshi Print

Q – Allergic….. Can we have more simplistic language to understand it better?
A – The word allergy means a hypersensitivity to a substance that causes the body to react to any contact with that substance. Allergies are abnormal immune system reactions to things that are generally harmless to most people. It can also be labeled as a disorder of the immune system. Our body is protected by the white blood cells in our blood. So whenever there is any substance in our body that it is not familiar with it can be a germ or a generally harmless substance like  pollen, dust, food substance that your body reacts to, in such circumstances our white blood cells produce antibodies against those substances/ germs  to defend itself. So if your skin is sensitive & it comes in contact with something that does not suite it then the white blood cells produces IgE antibodies which make the skin swell up, the part of the skin become red, itchy and painful. This reaction remains till the body is in contact with such a substance. This is the body’s response against that substance. This immune reaction is called an allergic reaction & in lay mans terms it is labeled as allergy. This response is most commonly seen at the level of skin, digestive system & respiratory system.
– Dr. Shachindra Joshi