Estrogen may be to blame for women having more severe allergic reactions than men: study

December 30, 2014 7:30 PM

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Estrogen may be to blame for women having more severe allergic reactions than men: study

Researchers found that estrogen tended to boost activity of an enzyme that lines the blood cells, which can lead to severe allergic reactions.

An allergic reaction can range from annoying to potentially life-threatening, and women tend to have more of the latter kind of reactions than men, which puzzled scientists until now.

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