Acacia (Mimosa) Allergy IgE Blood Test
The acacia allergy blood test measures the amount of allergen-specific IgE antibodies in the blood in order to detect an allergy to the acacia tree.
Acacia which is often referred to as mimosa, are trees that are identified by their yellow or pink blooms and palm-shaped leaves. These trees produce an enormous amount of pollen which will stay in the general vicinity of the tree itself. Allergies to the acacia tree are triggered when the pollen generated from the tree's flowers are inhaled. Pollen is generally released during the summer, when the tree pollinates and flowers sprout. Allergies are caused by inhaling or letting the pollen enter the body through the eyes, mouth, or nose. The gum from the acacia tree is used for making powdered dietary fiber supplements, and the oil is used in the leather tanning and printing industry.
An immune-system response in the body causes allergies. The body views certain substances as toxic and produces IgE antibodies to these contaminants. These antibodies cause cells to produce histamines that cause allergic reaction symptoms. Acacia can cause a number of symptoms in people with the allergy. The severity of the symptoms is different from one person to another. The typical symptoms of an allergic reaction include:
- Stomach pain
- Red eyes
- Runny nose
- Difficulty breathing
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