Immediate allergy is also called Type I-allergy, IgE-mediated or antibody-mediated allergy.
This type of allergy is caused by proteins such as:
House dust mites
Rubber protein (latex)
One can also develop an immediate allergic reaction to pharmaceutical drugs such as penicillin.
The symptoms of immediate allergy are hay fever, hives and asthma.
These symptoms can occur minutes after exposure to the allergen. On rare occasions the reaction may be life threatening.
Contact allergy is also called skin allergy, contact dermatitis, cell-mediated allergy, type IV allergy or a delayed allergic response.
Contact dermatitis occurs when the skin gets in contact with possible allergenic substances such as:
Certain drugs used on the skin can also cause allergies, for example corticosteroid cream.
Symptoms of contact allergy is eczema which can occur hours to days after the body has been exposed to the allergen.
This website is about the treatment and research of contact allergy.