Immune System Text 1








Chinese Part of Speech Pinyin English
交代 (v) jiāodài to tell, to leave words
(v) zhēng to steam
疹子 (n) zhěnzi rash
过敏 (v) guòmǐn to be allergic
变态反应 (n) biàntài fǎnyìng allergy
过敏原 (n) guòmǐnyuán allergen
尘土 (n) chéntǔ dust
脱敏 (v) tuōmǐn to desensitize
遗传 (v) yíchuán to inherit
局部 (n) júbù part (in contrast to the whole)


Text (1): Allergic to eggs

I remember four months ago, I told my mother for the first time to give my son steamed eggs. That night, as soon as I came into the house from work, my mother excitedly said to me, “the baby is very strong today. one steamed egg, he can eat half of it!” I listened and was very happy, thinking I can add something to his meal every day in the future!

But at 8 pm, I noticed that the baby’s face began to show some red rashes. At nine o’clock, rashes were getting more and more. At that time, I was very worried and quickly picked up the child and drove to the hospital. The doctor checked to make sure the child was allergic to egg yolk. How can he have an allergy to eggs? I couldn’t believe my ears.

It turns out that allergy refers to an excessive reaction in the human body, which is called an allergic reaction in medicine. The substances that cause allergic reactions are called allergens. Anaphylaxis includes at least four aspects: allergen, allergic person, anaphylaxis process and anaphylaxis result. The allergen may be food, drugs, various chemicals in the environment, dust in the air, etc. Allergens are the cause of allergic diseases, and patients who remove allergens can desensitize.

It seems that my son’s rash is an allergic reaction, needless to say, the allergen must be eggs. But how can my son be allergic to eggs? Doctors say it is still unclear why some people develop allergies in the same environment while most people don’t respond. Genetic factors must play a role, but local environmental factors are also important. Alas, my son can’t eat eggs in the future? I feel so sorry for him.