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The protein is considered a marker for the presence of allergic disease. Although an elevation of the total IgE in the blood is not invariably associated with allergy, approximately 60% to 70% of people who have allergic symptoms have an increased total IgE level. A blood test can measure a child’s total IgE level as well as specific IgE levels. If a substances such as a specific food, pollen, mold, or animal is suspected of causing a child’s asthma and/or allergy symptoms, then a blood test to assay for that specific IgE level should be obtained.

Dr. Strachan concludes that the hypothesis remains “biologically The hygiene hypothesis proposes that the rising prevalence of asthma and allergic diseases parallels the decreasing prevalence of infections in childhood. Virus A type of infectious agent. Viruses contain a single strand of either DNA or RNA, surrounded by a protein coat. Because they only contain one strand of genetic information, viruses cannot replicate on their own and require a host cell for replication. Depending on the particular virus and the underlying health of the human, viral infections can run the gamut from mild to lifethreatening.

General Information Asthma occurring in a child who has other chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease. Asthma in a child who lives in socioeconomically disadvantaged circumstances, especially in major urban areas. Serious superimposed medical illnesses, including psychiatric illness. The important point about asthma management is to never ignore new respiratory symptoms and to never delay responding to increasing symptoms. Make certain your child tells you if he or she notices any change in breathing, such as uncomfortable or heavy breathing with or without cough, breathlessness, nocturnal awakenings, or wheezing.

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