4. Treating Hypereosinophilic Syndrome

HES medications reduce the level of eosinophils in the bloodstream while preventing heart tissue damage. However, medications for relieving specific symptoms depend on which body system the condition affects. Doctors prescribe corticosteroids to people who do not have the gene mutation experts believe is associated with HES. If these are unsuccessful, doctors may prescribe NSAIDs instead to avoid the side effects of long-term use of corticosteroids. For people with a genetic mutation thought to contribute to HES, doctors may prescribe a protein-tyrosine kinase inhibitor to interfere with the growth of cancer cells. Individuals with the gene mutation and symptoms of HES often have a rare blood cancer called chronic eosinophilic leukemia.

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