Capitol Allergy & Asthma Center

Dr. Maadhava Ellaurie M.D.

Sterling, VA 703.444.0817 |  Laurel, MD  301.775-5173

 

 Allergic Diseases
Allergies can develop at any age and can be influenced by heredity.  Allergic symptoms are caused by the detection of allergens (pollen, animal dander, dust, mold, etc.)  These alergens are non-threatening to msot people and can be found almost verywhere, yet in some peeople they can trigger a severe immune system response.  The primary cause of allergic reactions is an antibody called Immunoglobulin E (lgE) that is produced to remove allergens from the bloodstream and body tissues.  IgE antibodies attach to the mast cells in the body to prepare for future allergens that enter the body.  These mast cells release mediators which are chemicals that typically cause allergic reactions like coughing, wheezing, sneezing, runny nose, swelling of the skin, etc.