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Week: 576.2

Guest: Dr. Marshall Plaut, Chief, Allergic Mechanisms Section, NIAID/NIH

Topic: Allergy relationships...

Host/ Producer: Steve Girard

NEMA: Allergy combinations....coming up...

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NEMA: Seems that when you get an allergy, you get more than one...so I asked whether having an allergy makes you more likely to be sensitive to other things...this is Dr. Marshall Plaut, chief of the allergic mechanisms unit at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases....

PLAUT: Allergy is primarily a genetic disease and most people who are allergic are allergic to a whole series of proteins. There are a lot of people who are allergic to cat and dog and dust mite and ragweed and grass and trees.

NEMA: ...and Dr. Plaut says it's common and logical for people to have more than one allergy...

PLAUT: The proteins can be very related. For example, people who are allergic to a protein in latex rubber may also be allergic to certain proteins in certain fruits, like kiwi fruit, and it happens to be the protein they're sensitive to is present in both products, both latex and the fruit.

NEMA: And he says having more than one sensitivity does create worse symptoms. Our series on allergies continues.....next time. I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.

 

 

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