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What happens if the eosinophils are high?
Last Updated: 17th February, 2020
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Also asked, does high eosinophils mean cancer?
Eosinophils are a type of disease-fighting white blood cell. This condition most often indicates a parasitic infection, an allergic reaction or cancer. You can have high levels of eosinophils in your blood (blood eosinophilia) or in tissues at the site of an infection or inflammation (tissue eosinophilia).
Furthermore, should I worry about high eosinophils? Higher-than-normal level of eosinophils can lead to a condition known as eosinophilia. When eosinophils are higher than 1,500, this is known as hypereosinophilic syndrome. As normal levels of eosinophils can be zero, a low level of eosinophils isn't usually considered a medical problem after one test.
Accordingly, what causes an increase in eosinophils?
Parasitic diseases and allergic reactions to medication are among the more common causes of eosinophilia. Hypereosinophila that causes organ damage is called hypereosinophilic syndrome. This syndrome tends to have an unknown cause or results from certain types of cancer, such as bone marrow or lymph node cancer.
Is eosinophilia serious?
Eosinophilia refers to a condition of having an increased numbers of eosinophils in the peripheral blood. Eosinophilia can be considered mild, moderate or severe. Usually, less than 5% of the circulating white blood cells in a person are eosinophils.