Inflammation and allergy symptoms are widely variable depending on the particular condition or disease.
The human immune system has developed to form a defensive shield within the body against foreign objects (parasites, bacteria, viruses, chemicals, molecules, proteins, etc.).
Any foreign object detected by the immune system should stimulate some type of an immune response. The inability to detect a foreign object, the inability to respond to that detection, or an inappropriate immune response, is what may occur in some immune disorders and allergic reactions.
Whenever the body inappropriately creates an immune response against itself, an autoimmune disorder is the result.
A common immune response characteristic is the body’s formation of an inflammation at the site of the response.
An allergy is an inappropriate response of the immune system to a typically harmless substance (i.e. pollen, dust, peanut protein).
The hypersensitivity reaction (allergic reaction) which forms is typically marked by swelling and inflammation of tissues (commonly involving the skin).
Diagnosis, treatment, and prevention measures for immune and allergy conditions will depend on the specific disorder.
Diagnosis methods are fairly well advanced and treatments are relatively standard and effective.
Different immune disorders, allergies, or site-specific inflammatory disorders are covered below where more specific symptoms can be addressed.