Asthma Patients: Do You Know Your IgE?
Posted by Craig on Wednesday, June 06, 2007
asthmaThe Toledo Journal reports that an estimated 60 percent of asthma patients have allergic asthma (triggered by dust mites, pet dander, pollen, mold spores, or cockroaches), yet in the U.S., only a small percentage of asthma patients are tested for allergies.

People with allergic asthma may produce too much immunoglobulin E (IgE), which could set off asthma attacks.

"People are often surprised to find out that approximately 60 percent of asthma patients have allergic asthma," says Dr. Bill Storms, allergist with The William Storms Allergy Clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. "Because IgE is involved early in your body’s response to an allergen, reducing IgE may help prevent asthma symptoms and attacks before they start."

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has started a "What's My IgE?" campaign to educate patients about allergic asthma.

"Patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity know that the key to long-term management is to know their numbers, whether it be blood sugar, blood pressure or body mass index. This campaign aims to create the same awareness of IgE among allergic asthma patients," says Mike Tringale, director of external affairs at AAFA. Visit for more information.

See our Asthma Solution Guide to learn how to control allergic asthma by controlling the allergens in your environment.

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