Ep. 2: The science behind an allergic reaction & why are allergies on the rise?
Updated: Mar 5, 2019
Why have allergies increased so drastically in the last two decades?
This episode takes a more in-depth look at what causes an allergic reaction, breaking down the parts involved in a reaction, and what symptoms to look out for in an allergic reaction. Dr Gupta also explains some theories into why someone may develop allergies and why they are on the rise.
What we cover in this episode:
The symptoms of an allergic reaction
What happens during an allergic reaction
What the term IgE means and how it relates to allergies
The atopic march
Theories looking at the rise of allergies such as the hygiene theory
Video of the mechanism of an allergic reaction: https://youtu.be/OTz_2AJJh6o