Eosinophils (Absolute)

White Blood Cells

White blood cells (WBC) are a vital part of our immune system.  Eosinophils are one of five types of WBCs found in the human body; all are produced by the bone marrow. Eosinophils account for less than 7% of all circulating white blood cells and have two distinct functions: they destroy invading germs and create an inflammatory response, particularly if an allergy is involved. A healthcare professional may recommend an eosinophil count if you’ve already had a blood differential test and the results were abnormal. Specifically, an eosinophil count may be useful in the diagnoses of the following:

            -An allergic reaction

            -Infection by a parasite

            -Cushing’s disease (a disorder caused by too much of the steroid hormone cortisol). 

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The healthy result should fall into this range:

0.015 - 0.5 cells/uL

0.02 - 0.50 cells/uL

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If your result is too high.

Eosinophilia (an unusually high number of eosinophils in the blood) is linked to a variety of disorders, including:

            -Allergic disease

            -Parasitic infection

            -Asthma

            -Autoimmune disease

            -Cancers of the blood, such as Leukemia and Hodgkin lymphoma

There are some medications known to cause an increase in eosinophil count, including:

            -Some antibiotics

            -Tranquilizers

            -Appetite suppressants

            -Laxatives that contain psyllium

            -Interferon, a drug used to treat infection  

If your result is too low.

A low number of eosinophils do not usually cause problems as other parts of the immune system can compensate adequately. It may be caused by:

            -Cushing’s disease

            -Bloodstream infection (sepsis)

            -Treatment with corticosteroids

            -Alcohol intoxication 

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