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The immune system protects the body from bacteria, viruses and other organisms that can cause illness. Allergies are caused when the immune system mistakes a common, otherwise harmless substance – for example, pollen, dust, bee or other insect bites, mold, foods, medicines, latex -- as a dangerous invader. The immune system then attacks this substance, called an allergen, producing Immunoglobulin E (Ig#) antibodies that release histamine and other chemicals, causing an allergic reaction. Some reactions are chronic and mild, such as a runny nose, sneezing, or rash. More extreme reactions, called anaphylaxis, can be sudden and life threatening and require emergency response. For some people, allergies also can trigger asthma. While allergies are caused by an over-active immune system, other serious conditions, called immune deficiency disease, are caused when part of the immune system is missing or not working properly. This can increase the frequency and severity of infections. For more information on allergy and immunology services available at or through Coffee Regional Medical Center, call 912-260-1222
Physician specialists who consult at CRMC:
Dennis Robinson, M.D.
200 Doctors Dr., Ste 102
Douglas, GA 31533