A new study has found that basophils increase in number when parasitic invasion occurs. The study also noted that the level of increase depended on the type of parasite: some parasites increased basophil levels more than others. This is not surprising, as different parasites have evolved to do things differently and will therefore affect the body differently too. Parasites may be detected by examining a blood smear under a microscope for their characteristic appearance or via an invasive test such as bronchoscopy, tissue biopsies, or colonoscopy.

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However if you are experiencing any symptoms then it’s best to visit your doctor first before undergoing any tests so they can diagnose what is wrong with you. It is important to note that for some parasites, their effects are less pronounced in the early stages of infection. For example, Entamoeba histolytica may not appear until years after exposure but it still has serious consequences. This means that patients with a mild form of amoebic dysentery will be unlikely to notice they have been infected and so it can progress without being treated unless symptoms develop first or an invasive test reveals the presence of these pathogens in the gastrointestinal tract. The authors suggested more research into what triggers basophil production as a way to better understand how parasitic invaders affect our immune system. A new study published today found that when parasitic invasion.

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