WHAT IS TESTED FOR IN A BASIC ALLERGY TESTING PANEL, ALSO KNOWN AS A PEDIATRIC ALLERGY PANEL?
The Introductory or Basic Allergy Panel tests for allergies to the following 32 environmental substances and foods including:
- 8 Common grasses and weeds, including ragweed
- House dust mites
- Pet dander for cats and dogs
- 7 Common fruits and vegetables
- 3 Dairy products including cow’s milk, soft cheese and eggs
- Grains including wheat and soybeans
- Meats including tuna, beef and chicken
- Sugar and Chocolate
AM I REQUIRED TO FAST FOR THIS LAB TEST?
WHAT IS THE PRICE FOR THE BASIC 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 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 OR MY CHILD 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 have a stuffy nose every spring, 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 a bee sting or 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 environmental substance 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.