In honor of a wonderful, dear friend of mine who is affected by Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Diseases, I am posting this to make the readers of Fagan Around aware of these conditions and this week of awareness of these conditions.
Eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, are an important part of the immune system, helping us fight off certain types of infections, such as parasites. They are named because of the characteristic microscopic stain that gives them a reddish color under the microscope. Many different problems can cause high numbers of eosinophils in the blood including allergies (food and environmental), certain infections (caused by parasites), eosinophil associated gastrointestinal disorders, leukemia, and other problems. When eosinophils occur in higher than normal numbers in the body, without a known cause, an eosinophilic disorder may be present. Sometimes, eosinophils can be found in tissues in addition to the blood circulation which is seen in certain types of disease states. Typically, eosinophils make up less than 5% of circulating white blood cells in health individuals and can vary over time in healthy individuals.
Eosinophilic disorders are further defined by the area of the body affected. For instance, eosinophilic esophagitis is associated with abnormally high numbers of eosinophils in the esophagus.
You will find a link to a video with more about EOS below, as well as a link to “Like” National Eosinophil Awareness Week on Facebook: