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What type of immunity is an allergy?

Allergic reaction is malfunction of proper immune system(overactive immunity). Since it also cause inflammation after causing mast cell and histamine, can it be innate immunity? And because of antibody IgE, can it be also adaptive immunity?


The body’s reaction to one invader can involve both innate and adaptive responses. 

For example, the body tries to keep all infections out via innate defenses. If these do not work, then adaptive can happen. 

Allergies are not normal responses of the immune system… but, yes, if you had to pick a response… inflammation would be innate, and the antibody response to the antigen would be adaptive. 

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