Definition: Immunoglobulin (IgE)

Definition: Immunoglobulin (IgE)

Immunoglobulin (IgE)

(Inmunoglobulina E (IgE))

Many people have allergy-induced asthma, which means that their asthma symptoms are triggered by allergic reactions. These people have high levels of an allergy-causing antibody (a type of immune protein in the body) called immunoglobulin E (IgE). When they inhale something that they are allergic to, it attaches to the IgE, which then starts a chain of events leading to symptoms of allergies and asthma.





Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

© 1995-2015 KidsHealth® All rights reserved.
Images provided by iStock, Getty Images, Corbis, Veer, Science Photo Library, Science Source Images, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com





Bookmark and Share

Developments Developments
Sign up for enewsletter
Get involved Get involved
Discover ways to support Akron Children's
Join the conversation Join the conversation
See what our patient families are saying