This section deals with the clinical condition asthma, listing
the relevant immunological tests, together with a short explanation
of their use.
Relevant immunological tests: IgE and Allergen Specific
Total IgE is usually raised in extrinsic asthma; specific IgE to
relevant allergens is also detectable.
Specific IgE should invariably be sought against the house dust
mite. Often this will suggest the appropriate animals (cats, dogs,
IgE to Aspergillus is associated with the need for closer
monitoring and maybe more intensive steroid treatment. For seasonal
asthma see seasonal
(Last updated October 8th