ADDITIONAL BLOOD TESTING

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Your allergist may want to see a detailed report of your blood. He or she may send it to the laboratory to see if you have high levels of IgE. Furthermore, he or she may also want to evaluate your immunoglobulin G (IgG) levels if you have bad sinus disease, although these tests are not commonly performed. Your physician will usually do this only if he or she feels that there is an immunologic problem leading to recurrent sinus infections .

NASAL TESTING

Your physician may want to do a nasal smear. He or she will collect some of your nasal mucus and then look at it under a microscope. Your physician will be looking for white blood cells in the mucus. If he or she identifies eosinophils and goblet cells in your mucus then you suffer from pollen and/or inhalant allergies. If he or she finds basophils then you may have a food allergy. Neutrophils indicate an inflammatory reaction and this white cell can be found with allergy or infection.

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