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What conditions can an eosinophil count diagnose?

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An eosinophil count can help diagnose a few conditions. You might have a high count with the following:

  • Eczema (itchy, inflamed skin)
  • Allergic disorders like asthma or hay fever
  • An infection caused by a parasite
  • A reaction to certain medications
  • The early stages of Cushing’s disease, a rare condition that can happen if you have too much of a hormone called cortisol in your blood
  • Acute hypereosinophilic syndrome, another rare condition that’s similar to leukemia and can be life-threatening

SOURCES:

UCSF Medical Center: "Eosinophil Count Absolute."

UCLA: "Cushing's Disease."

Mayo Clinic: "Eosinophilia."

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital: "What is an Eosinophilic Disorder?"

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 21, 2019

SOURCES:

UCSF Medical Center: "Eosinophil Count Absolute."

UCLA: "Cushing's Disease."

Mayo Clinic: "Eosinophilia."

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital: "What is an Eosinophilic Disorder?"

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 21, 2019

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