Allergy in the airway.
M Sutherland, D Czarny, J Douglass
AfP | Published : 1998
BACKGROUND: Airway disease is responsible for significant morbidity worldwide and the role of allergies in the cause and persistence of airway symptoms is becoming increasingly appreciated. OBJECTIVE: The exposure of the airway to allergens depends on the size of inhaled particles. Common allergens encountered in Australia include grass pollens, house dust mites and animal danders and sensitivity to each leads to a different clinical pattern of disease. The diagnosis of allergy requires a history of symptoms related to exposure to an allergen, together with detection of allergen-specific IgE. The evidence for the role of allergens in contributing to allergic airway disease is extensive. DISC..View full abstract