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- Familial eosinophilia—caused by problems in genes that control eosinophil growth
- Secondary eosinophilia—related to a parasitic infection, autoimmune reaction, allergic, or other inflammatory illnesses
- Primary eosinophilia—change in production of eosinophils associated with certain leukemias or chronic myeloid disorders such as myelodysplastic syndrome
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- Allergy diseases, such as asthma, eczema, and allergic rhinitis
- Diseases from parasitic worms
- Allergic rhinitis or hay fever
- Allergy to foods
- Dermatitis herpetiformis
- Exposure to toxins
- Prescription drug side effects
- Parasitic infection
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- Inflammatory conditions such as scleroderma, polyarteritis, sarcoidosis, or inflammatory bowel disease
- Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
Asthma symptoms may include:
- Parasitic infection symptoms may include:
Medicine reaction symptoms may include:
- Skin rashes
- Weight loss
- Night sweats
- Lymph node enlargement
- Skin rashes
- Numbness and tingling due to nerve damage
- A blood test
- Stool tests
- Bone marrow examination
Wash your hands often, especially:
- After using the toilet
- After changing a diaper
- Before handling or eating food
- After contact with animals or soil
- After contact with infected people
- Drink safe water. Boil water if you are unsure if it is safe.
- Avoid swallowing water when swimming in recreational water.
- Eat safe food. Wash vegetables that will be eaten raw.
- Drink only pasteurized milk and juice.
- Use precautions during sexual activity.
- Avoid allergy triggers.
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology http://www.aaaai.org
American Lung Association http://www.lungusa.org
Allergy Asthma Information Association http://aaia.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Eosinophilia. NetDoctor website. Available at: http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/diseases/facts/eosinophilia.htm. Updated June 2, 2005. Accessed August 6, 2013.
Eosinophilia. Patient UK website. Available at: http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/Eosinophilia.htm. Updated March 22, 2013. Accessed August 6, 2013.
Tefferi A. Blood Eosinophilia: A New Paradigm in Disease Classification, Diagnosis and Treatment. Mayo Clin Proc. January 2005;80(1):75-83.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 08/2013
- Update Date: 05/11/2013