Allergic Cascade (cont.)
The Allergic Cascade At A Glance
Last Editorial Review: 4/1/2002
- The allergic response is usually very selective for
- T- and B-lymphocytes play important roles in the
- Mast cells and basophils release a variety of chemical
mediators and cytokines that cause allergic
- The immediate or "early" phase allergic reaction is
followed by a more prolonged "late" phase reaction.
- Histamine is an important chemical mediator that causes
many of the common allergic symptoms.
- Knowledge of the allergic cascade has resulted in
effective treatments for allergy. Future research is aimed
at finding new agents that intervene at specific levels of
the allergic reaction.>