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How does ige levels define allergy?

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Complex: Total IgE level has minimal correlation to the severity of the allergic diseases except for atopic dermatitis . Specific IgE level correlates to the allergic state (higher level->positive challenge) but not necessarily the severity . Allergic symptoms are from a combination of the degree of allergic sensitivity, the type of allergens involved, and one's biologic response to the allergic reactions.

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Last updated Feb 15, 2016

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