Total IgE in urban Black South African teenagers: the influence of atopy and helminth infection.

@article{Levin2008TotalII,
  title={Total IgE in urban Black South African teenagers: the influence of atopy and helminth infection.},
  author={Michael E. Levin and Peter N. Le Sou{\"e}f and Cas Motala},
  journal={Pediatric allergy and immunology : official publication of the European Society of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology},
  year={2008},
  volume={19 5},
  pages={
          449-54
        }
}
Total IgE levels are usually elevated in allergic diseases, being highest in atopic eczema, followed by atopic asthma and allergic rhinitis. Genetic factors are believed to play a role in total IgE levels, with higher levels seen in Black African subjects. Total IgE is also raised in parasite infection. Thus, the higher total IgE levels in Black Africans could be because of environmental rather than genetic factors. Few studies have investigated the usefulness of total IgE levels in the… CONTINUE READING

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