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What Causes Food Allergies?

For some people, a simple peanut or a bite of shrimp can cause the body’s immune system to wildly overreact. In some cases, the results can be deadly. But what exactly is happening in the body for it to confuse nuts or shellfish with a true threat?
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Read More:
Allergy, Parasites, and the Hygiene Hypothesis
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/296/5567/490

The Role of Mast Cells In Allergic Inflammation
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0954611111003325

Allergies and the Immune System
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/allergies-and-the-immune-system

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