WHAT IS TESTED FOR IN AN EXPANDED FOOD (IgE) ALLERGY TESTING PANEL?
The Expanded Food Allergy Panel (IgE) tests for allergies to 90 foods including:
- 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 AN EXPANDED FOOD (IgE) ALLERGY TESTING PANEL?
Prices may vary. Please contact your nearest ANY LAB TEST NOW location.
In people with allergies, the body produces antibodies against common 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 or in the environment, many allergies are so extreme as to cause anaphylactic shock and even death in extreme cases.
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. There is also a risk or a severe allergic reaction during this type of testing. 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 FOOD ALLERGIES?
Are you worried that you or your child may have food allergies or have they (or you) experienced severe food reactions or behavioral changes after eating?
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 food or food additive.
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.