Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Ant Bite Allergy Underlying Cause

Allergic reactions occur when the immune system overreacts to a harmless substance, called an allergen. The immune system is made up of special cells, called white blood cells, which fight infection. When an allergen is present in the body, white blood cells recognize the allergen, and release chemicals into the bloodstream. These chemicals can cause inflammation of the skin, nose, throat, lungs or intestines.

Substances that trigger allergic reactions:

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Last Updated: Nov 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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