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Disorders of the Immune System

Why are allergens called “weak” antigens?

Summary Introduction

To explain: The reasons for the fact that allergens are known as “weak” antigens.

Introduction: An immune system enables the body of an individual to resist harmful foreign particles. The function and development of the immune system are genetically controlled. The mutations in the genes may affect the functioning of the immune system.

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Allergens are the antigens to which the immune system of the body overreacts and generates the immune response such as sneezing, itching, coughing, and rashes. Allergens can be of various types such as dust, pollen, certain medicines, cat dander, and certain food products. Peanut allergy is becoming common these days.

Allergens are called “weak antigens” because allergens are not able to generate an immune response in most of the people...

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