• search
For Quick Alerts
For Daily Alerts

Smoking can protect against allergies: Study

By Super Admin

Washington, May 15 (ANI): They say smoking is injurious to health, but a new study has revealed that cigarettes can protect from allergies.

The research team from Utrecht University in the Netherlands has shown that cigarette smoke can prevent allergies by decreasing the reaction of immune cells to allergens.

It decreases the allergic response by inhibiting the activity of mast cells, the major players in the immune system's response to allergens.

The researchers also found that treatment of mast cells with a cigarette smoke-infused solution prevented the release of inflammation-inducing proteins in response to allergens, without affecting other mast cell immune functions.

In the study, the researchers had derived the mast cells from mice, but it is likely that the same anti-allergy effect will hold true in humans.

While taking up smoking to cure allergies is unwise, Neil Thomson, a leading expert in the field of respiratory medicine concludes that the findings presented in this study are "consistent with a dampening of allergic responses in smokers." (ANI)

For Daily Alerts
Get Instant News Updates
Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Settings X
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more