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In the absence of overt allergic symptoms, does a high IgE level (600; normal 0-100) indicate a protozoal infection like trichomoniasis or babesiosis?

In the absence of overt allergic symptoms, does a high IgE level (600; normal 0-100) indicate a protozoal infection like trichomoniasis or babesiosis?

Usually not: First of all, the old biology-class story that "IgE fights parasites" isn't true; it's mostly about worms, not the protozoa you mention. Usually we never find the cause for a high IgE, though some folks with bad allergies run high levels and there are a handful of uncommon diseases where they run high. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Does an IgE level of 582 (normal 0-100) indicate chronic protozoal infection (or some other infection)? If not, what does it indicate? On electrophoresis I was free of m-spikes, but don't know if that looked at IgE, so is IgE myeloma possible too?

Does an IgE level of 582 (normal 0-100) indicate chronic protozoal infection (or some other infection)?  If not, what does it indicate?  On electrophoresis I was free of m-spikes, but don't know if that looked at IgE, so is IgE myeloma possible too?

No: Allergic diseases , especially eczema, are more likely to be associated with an elevated IgE level. Do you have symptoms which prompted the IgE measurement? As far as IgE myeloma, it is very rare condition and the level is not high enough for making this diagnosis. If you have no symptoms otherwise, I would just monitor your progress. ...Read more

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What could cause high IgE levels?

What could cause high IgE levels?

Genetics: The tendency to make more ige in response to foreign substances that enter the body (aka allergens) is inherited. Allergies and parastic infections are the common reasons why people develop high ige levels. There are some rare disorders associated with increased risk of infections associated with very high levels of ige. A board-certified allergist can help sort this out for you. ...Read more

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What causes high IgE levels in blood?

What causes high IgE levels in blood?

Allergy, Parasites: Unless you have an immunoglobulinopathy, it is usually caused by hypersensitivity to a substance (allergy) or parasitic infection (e.g. Worms). ...Read more

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My son (4) had an IgE level of 1400 (high) what could cause this? He does have eczema and had a few environmental and good allergies.

My son (4) had an IgE level of 1400 (high) what could cause this? He does have eczema and had a few environmental and good allergies.

Consider testing: The ige level that was measured is considered to be extremely high. If your son has pulmonary symptoms, a chest radiograph may be ordered by your physician to document structural changes in the airways. There is a condition called abpa which afffects about 10% of asthmatics and CF patients. Airway fungal sensitization can be measured and tests ordered to detect reactions to fungi as well. ...Read more

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My son's iGe levels are high. we do allergen shots twice a week for 6 months now. what else could cause constant ear draining and high iGe levels?

My son's iGe levels are high. we do allergen shots twice a week for 6 months now. what else could cause constant ear draining and high iGe levels?

Usually allergy: In your son's case, the elevated IgE level is likely related to his allergic diseases. However there are also less common causes for elevated IgE level . Since 20% of the people don't respond to allergy shots and it may take up to a year to experience benefits from them, you need to talk to your allergist re. medication required to control his nasal congestion and ear issues. ...Read more

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What causes elevated mpv, lymphocytes, eosinophils, and IgE levels?

What causes elevated mpv, lymphocytes, eosinophils, and IgE levels?

WBCs elevated,ige: This senario of elevated eosinophils, lymphocytes and total ige, will most probabely a person has allergic disorder and a viral infection. ...Read more