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allergic reactions

acute inflammatory skin hypersensitivity reaction (redness, tissue oedema, pruritus) induced by the histamine released from local mast cells in response to allergen contact in susceptible individuals (Table 1)
Table 1: Classification of types of hypersensitivity reactions
Type IType IIType IIIType IVType V
AntigenPollens, moulds, mites, drugs, foods, parasitesCell surface moietiesBacteria, fungi, parasitesCell or tissue moietiesCell surface receptors
MediatorsIgE and mast cellsIgG, IgM, complementIgG, IgM, IgA, complementT-cell-activated macrophages and lymphokinesIgG
TestsSkin tests (wheal and flare)Coombs' test
Red cell agglutination
Antibody precipitation
Immune complexesSkin test (erythema, induration)Indirect immunofluorescence
Time to reaction5-10 minutes6-36 hours4-12 hours48-72 hoursVariable
HistologyOedema, vasodilatation, mast cell deregulation, eosinophilsTarget cell damageAcute inflammation, neutrophils, vasculitisPerivascular inflammation, mononuclear cells, granuloma, caseation and necrosis in TBNormal or hypertrophy
Characteristic diseasesExtrinsic asthma, atopic eczema, allergic rhinitis, anaphylaxisHaemolytic anaemia, transfusion reactions, HDN, Goodpasture's syndrome, addisonian pernicious anaemia, myasthenia gravisAutoimmune disease (RA, SLE, glomerulonephritis)
Low-grade persistent infection (viral hepatitis)
Environmental diseases (farmer's lung)
Pulmonary TB, contact dermatitis, graft-versus-host disease, insect bites, Hansen's diseaseGraves, disease, myasthenia gravis
TreatmentAntigen avoidance
Topical corticosteroids
Sodium cromoglicate
Exchange transfusion, plasmapheresis, immunosuppressivesCorticosteroids, immunosuppressives, plasmapheresisImmunosuppressives, cortico-steroids, antigen removalTreatment of presenting disease

Ig, immunoglobulin; TB, tuberculosis; HDN, haemolytic disease of the newborn; RA, rheumatoid arthritis; SLE, systemic lupus erythematosus.


An excessive reaction, local or systemic, or inappropriate immune response to an antigen. Four types of immune responses are usually described, but the main reaction involving the eyes is type 1. They are also called allergic reactions types 1-4.
type 1 hypersensitivity An immediate, abnormal reaction occurring when an antigen reacts with an antibody (e.g. immunoglobulin E (IgE)) attached to a mast cell or basophil. This leads to the release of specific chemical mediators of allergy (e.g. histamine) that react with target organs throughout the body. Systemic signs include: itching, lacrimation, skin rash and possibly haemodynamic collapse and shock. Allergic conjunctivitis is an example of this type of hypersensitivity.
Type 2 h . (cytotoxic h.) is caused by an interaction of antibody and antigens on cell surfaces. Examples: Graves' disease, myasthenia gravis. Type 3 h. (immune-complex mediated h.) is mediated by a combination of antigen-antibody. Example: systemic lupus erythematosus. Type 4 h. (T cell-mediated h.) is a delayed reaction (several days to develop) mediated by T lymphocytes. Example: rheumatoid arthritis. See antihistamine; mast cell stabilizers.
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