What is IgE and IgG4?

Our body has its own defence system which protects us from diseases and consists of various components. One of them is the immune system which actively advances the body against anything it considers foreign or harmful. The maximum defence against even the smallest foreign bodies is ensured by antibodies (immunoglobulins). Once activated, they accurately recognise foreign structures (such as a non-matching puzzle piece) and mark them for deactivation. Our body uses the antibodies of different classes to build up several defensive rings that act before entry into the body, immediately upon entry, and inside the body. 

IgE is a special class of antibodies that recognise and prevent the entry of foreign and hostile substances into the body. That is why it triggers reactions that impede or block entry. This also explains the typical symptoms associated with IgE-binding, namely: heavy secretion (tears, diarrhoea, vomiting), coughing, convulsions and local inflammation (redness, itching, temperature increase). 

The antibody class IgG is active, if these substances are already in the body and must be deactivated or destroyed as soon as possible. Our internal defence against pathogenic bacteria and viruses is essentially based on this class of antibodies. The IgG is divided into several subclasses. One of them, the specific IgG4, is the least abundant of the subclasses, therefore an increase should be considered. 

The general rule: When antibodies of the IgG class bind to their target, a defence and inflammatory response is set in motion with the goal of blocking and destroying the structure recognised as foreign. The reactions are usually not as strongly felt as with IgE. If misguided, they can cause long-term damage and chronic discomfort.

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