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The atopic family of conditions.

What is atopy? The word atopic means that a person is born with an extra sensitivity to certain things, usually invisible proteins called allergens in the environment.

The most common triggers or allergens in these people are the house dust mite (more accurately the droppings of the house dust mite), grass, tree and weed pollen, proteins on cat and dog fur, feathers and occasionally foods, such as egg, milk or nuts.

Atopic people have a hypersensitivity of their immune system and produce too much of the IGE allergy antibody.

They have no other problem with their immune system, but this sensitivity leads to atopy.

A gene is responsible and the gene can be passed down through a person's family.

Family members show up this atopic gene in any or all of several different ways.

So, if you belong to an atopic family you'll be able to track your atopic gene, which will show up as any of these conditions: childhood eczema |adult dermatitis |childhood asthma |hayfever |allergies |
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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion, Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 16, 2014
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