WHAT IS TESTED FOR IN A COMPREHENSIVE COMBINATION ALLERGY TESTING PANEL (IgE)?
The Comprehensive Combination Allergy Panel IgE tests for allergies and sensitivities to all items in the Expanded Food Panel and the Environmental Regional Panels including 45 regional inhalants and 90 foods:
- Inhalants are dependent on one of 12 geographic regions but include pollens, dust, dust mites, dander and mold
- 10 Dairy products including cow’s milk, cheeses, and eggs
- 9 Grains including wheat, wheat gluten and hops
- 32 Common fruits and vegetables including coconut, mushrooms, jalapenos and tomatoes
- Meats and fish including shellfish, beef, chicken, shrimp, tuna and salmon
- Herbs and spices including garlic, curry, sugar, pepper, cocoa and carob
- Food additives such as baker’s yeast, ascorbic acid, aspartame, nitrates, guar, MSG and carrageenan
- Nuts including peanuts
AM I REQUIRED TO FAST FOR THIS LAB TEST?
WHAT IS THE PRICE FOR A COMPREHENSIVE COMBINATION ALLERGY TESTING PANEL (IgE)?
Prices may vary. Please contact your nearest ANY LAB TEST NOW location.
In people with allergies the body produces antibodies against common environmental substances and foods that create the typical allergy symptoms we all know or have experienced. The antibodies or mast cells produce histamine which causes the allergic response. Although the reaction is based on a healthy bodily function designed to protect us from toxins in our food and the environment, many allergies are so extreme as to cause asthma and anaphylactic shock, which can lead to death in extreme cases. Allergic rhinitis (an allergic inflammation of the nasal passages), red, itchy eyes and asthma can severely limit and restrict one’s lifestyle.
Not so long ago people, including many children, were subjected to hundreds of needle pricks containing different possible allergens to determine which ones caused the strongest reactions. Research conducted in the 1970s has found that when the body experiences sensitivity or an allergy to a substance it produces antibodies that are specific to the allergen, called Immunoglobulin E (IgE) and these can be measured in the blood. A simple blood draw can look for the specific antibodies to hundreds of substances using only one needle.
WHY DO I NEED TO BE TESTED FOR ALLERGIES?
Are you worried that your child may have food allergies or have they (or you) experienced severe food reactions or behavioral changes after eating? Do you frequently have a stuffy nose, but you don’t know what to avoid? Do you suffer from asthma attacks?
Up to 50 million Americans, including millions of children, suffer from allergies. Allergies are a major cause of illness in the United States and can cause anaphylactic shock and death in severe cases. The number of people who have severe allergies has risen dramatically in the past 20 years. Each exposure to an allergen, for example peanuts can cause a stronger reaction leading ultimately to very serious consequences. Find out with one simple test what you are allergic to and prevent a severe allergic reaction or save money on only the allergy shots you need.
Negative results are normal.
HIGH RESULTS INDICATE:
High results indicate an allergy or sensitivity to a particular inhalant or food.
LOW RESULTS INDICATE:
Low results are normal.
WHAT TYPE OF PHYSICIAN SHOULD I SEE?
You should see a primary care physician or an allergy or asthma specialist.