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A 43-year-old female asked:

I have repeated low (always 0) abs eos & abs baso on my cbc's. i have developed 50+ adult onset food/enviro allergies. should the abs eos&baso be hi?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
Yes and no: Allergic diseases may or may not be accompanied by elevated eosinophil in the blood but eosinophils are often elevated in external body fluid (sputum, nasal mucus) where the disease process is happening.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
No: The vast majority of people with common allergies (food, pollen, animals, others) actually don't have increased eosinophils. This is a "pop" notion. And don't fret about not having them counted on the machines -- many people have zero counts and it depends on the lab.
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Last updated Nov 27, 2017

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