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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES) is a group of conditions that causes you to have too many eosinophils. An eosinophil is a type of white blood cell. Allergies, asthma, parasitic infections, and certain medicines may increase the number of eosinophils. Organs such as your skin, lungs, heart, or brain may be damaged if you have too many eosinophils. They may also harm your kidneys, intestines, liver, or spleen.
- Medicines are used to decrease inflammation and swelling. You may also get medicine to decrease the number of eosinophils in your blood.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
You may need to return for more tests. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- You have nausea that does not go away.
- You are dizzy and feel faint.
- You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You have severe chest or abdominal pain.
- You have sudden trouble breathing.
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