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What are eosinophils?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A type of white blood cell whose levels are most commonly elevated in patients with allergies (for example, hay fever and asthma) and parasitic infections, eosinophils are also active in other disorders, including eczema, leukemia, and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Low numbers of eosinophils may be seen in people taking corticosteroid medications, infections that produce pus, or alcohol intoxication. Eosinophils do not respond to bacterial or viral infections.


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