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Child has allergic asthma. Blood test shows high IgE levels. Implications?

Respected Doctor Fraternity, Kindly guide me through the following situation. My Son aged 8 years has been under treatment for allergic asthma since 6 years and since 3years he is been prone to allergies. A recent blood test for Immunoglobulin E shows 2500 IU/ml levels. Please let me know what are the implications and does Allopathy or Ayurvedic treatment help better. Kindly guide
Asked On : Thu, 28 Mar 2013
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Pediatrician, Critical Care 's  Response
Welcome to healthcaremagic.

Immunoglobulin E is a chemical which goes up in presence of allergy. In your case, it seems very high, reflecting the fact that your son is allergic.

I will be unable to comment upon Ayurvedic treatment for the same, as I am not qualified in Ayurveda.

There are lot of treatment options available. You have not mentioned about which allergies he has got/whether skin testing has been done to find out substances he is allergic to and what current medications he is on for his Asthma.

I would request to find out Allergy Specialist - Allergologist doctor in your city and consult him for the same.

Dr Tejas Shah
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Pediatrician Dr. E Venkata Ramana's  Response
Feb 2013

Thank you for your query on Healthcare Magic.

Immunoglobulin E is elevated and this elevation is suggestive of an allergic reaction and the child has allergic predisposition to certain allergens.

The implications are :

1. The child is having allergic predisposition

2. Avoiding some allergens will decrease his symptoms frequency

3. Certain anti allergic medications will help to decrease his frequency of aggravation of

In allopathy, there are excellent medications are available, which are scientifically and evidence based medication, to treat his problem.

Therefore I advise you to consult a Pediatrician or Pulmonologist for the planning of treatment protocol for your child.

Hope I have answered your query.

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Pediatrician Dr. Kiruthika Sivaraj 's  Response
Dear madam, from the history u have given there are some details missing. can u let me know whether there is family history of allergic asthma and what kind of treatment u have taken for past years.High levels of immunoglobins specify he is allergic...As a pediatrician i would advice u follow allopathy.Kindly do pulmonary function test and let me know the details i asked . I shall guide u then
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Pediatrician Dr. Sanjay Sharma's  Response
There is no need to panic .
Your son has allergic asthma & an elevated IgE level only supports the diagnosis.
This report has no other major implications.
With due respect to ayurveda , asthma in children is easily manageable with modern allopathy though there is no cure for this condition .
Discuss with your pediatrician & if he is not getting desired relief check the medicine compliance & specifically inhaler technique.
Keep him away from strong odours & perfumes.
Hope you find the information useful.
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