Allergy or irritant response?

Lee Thompson-Herbert lee at crl.com
Fri Jun 21 17:55:37 EST 1996

In article <31CA6698.41C6 at yorvic.york.ac.uk>,
Freddy de Bree  <bree at yorvic.york.ac.uk> wrote:
>But your response is really an allergy. I mean it got all the signs of
>it and should be treated as such. It is specific and time-dependent
>indicating an immune resp.

A chemical sensitivity reaction has different mechanics than an allergic
response.  What she's describing doesn't sound like a histamine-mediated
response.  There are many possible immune system responses that are _not_
allergic in nature. 

I'll let one of the experts here go into the details.  I don't have a
textbook handy to refresh my memory on the _exact_ mechanisms.  

Lee M.Thompson-Herbert        KD6WUR                  lee at crl.com
Member, Knights of Xenu (1995).  Chaos Monger and Jill of All Trades.
"There are some people who will argue whether the flames are blue
or green, when the real question is that their arse is on fire "

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