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Hypersensitivity revisited

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 24 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1110
  1. Abi Berger, Science editor
  1. BMJ

    When someone who is allergic to house dust mites starts wheezing they are experiencing a type Ihypersensitivity reaction. Type I reactions occur rapidly and are mediated by IgE antibodies (to the allergen) which bind strongly to the surface of mast cells in the skin. …

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