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birdie67
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Anyone have this and know what it means or relates to?

Know it's related to white blood cells. Possibly allergies and parasite infections, but seem to always be elevated in the articles I've read.

My recent blood work showed 0 eosinophils.

I've seen high numbers a lot but not too much info on low to zero numbers.

Thanks

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This is because 0 isn't considered to be nearly as much of an issue as high eosinophils.

One thing though, is that the eosinophils may have all been degranulated in the particular sample you had tested.

A repeat test may show more than 0.

Or you can test for ECP, a byproduct given off when an eosinophil degranulates (bursts open).

If ECP is normal, then that is proof you do have eosinophils, they just weren't seen in the particular sample tested.

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Thank you, Razzle.

Do you know if this would affect my ability to fight infections such as viruses and parasites?

Anyone else have experience with this?

Thanks again

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hm, mine are.1 with the lowest range being 0.0, not sure a low count is anything to worry about and high eosinophils are usually related to allergies or parasites

ok, did a search and a lower than normal eosinophil count could possibly indicate overproduction of certain steroids produced by the body such as cortisol.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003649.htm

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Thanks BuffyFan. Interesting, because it says that a high count can indicate parasites and I definitely have them, and my count is zero.

I will have to ask my LLND. Never know whats what with this crazy disease!!

Thanks again

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It depends on whether you have an absolute deficiency of eosinophils, or if the low count is due to the eosinophils being busy bursting open and attacking things...

I do know that infections with parasites/viruses can inhibit the immune system and thus that can make you more susceptible to other opportunistic infections...

If you know you have parasites, treat them and then see if your eosinophil count returns to normal...

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Thanks Razzle, I appreciate it.
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