What is the primary chemical released during an allergy reaction and what effect does it have on the body?
The primary chemical that is released into the tissue from the mast cell is histamine. This is why individuals purchase anti-histamines. Histamine and the other chemicals released from the mast cells cause local tissue swelling, inflammation and drainage. Because the immune system in under stress, this clear discharge becomes a culture medium for bacteria. Subsequently, the drainage becomes yellow and green, and the patient presents to his physician with an upper respiratory infection. The physisican will treat the underlying infection with antibiotics, give anti-histamines and decongestants. In doing this, he is simply putting a finger in the dike, but water is coming over the top of the dam in the form of untreated allergies.