Allergen Profile Mold Blood Test
The Allergen Profile Mold Blood Test measures IgE antibodies in the blood to detect an allergy to various common molds.
What is the purpose of this test?
Order this Allergen Profile Mold Blood Test to measure IgE antibodies in the blood to detect an allergy to various common molds. The chief cause of allergies in mold is the seed, referred to as mold spores. These spores are tiny fungi continuously floating in the air and thrive in moist and humid environments. Mold can be found in homes, outdoors, and in any building with a favorable environment.
How might I be exposed to mold?
Outdoor molds grow in places such as a pile of fallen leaves, grass, compost, and rotting trees or logs. Although molds do not die with the first signs of frost, they become inactive during the winter. However, molds can grow on plants killed by cold winter temperatures in the springtime.
Indoor mold grows in damp areas such as the kitchen, bathroom, or basement. If gone unnoticed, the following conditions can enhance the opportunity for mold to grow:
- Moisture buildup
- Unknown leaks
- Damp areas under a carpet
Out of the hundreds of types of molds, there are only a few molds that cause allergic reactions. Because mold spores are in the air, everyone breathes them through the nose, but only some individuals react to the allergens. Individuals allergic to mold may experience seasonal allergy symptoms that start in the middle of summer and last until early fall. However, since it grows year-round, sensitive individuals can experience symptoms whenever they are exposed to mold.
When should I order an Allergen Profile Mold Blood Test?
Individuals may order this Allergen Profile Mold Blood Test if they have experienced symptoms related to a mold allergy. Direct contact with or inhaling mold spores may trigger an individual's immune system response. This response is because the body views certain substances as harmful and produces IgE antibodies to combat these invaders. Unfortunately, these antibodies cause histamine to be released, resulting in the symptoms associated with an allergic reaction.
An allergic reaction may vary depending on the individual and range from mild to severe. Individuals may experience an allergic reaction within minutes to hours after exposure. Common symptoms of a mold allergy may include one or more of the following symptoms:
- Postnasal drip
- Red or watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Sore Throat
- Trouble breathing or wheezing
A severe, possibly life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis may occur in some cases. An anaphylactic response requires immediate medical attention. Signs or symptoms of anaphylaxis may include:
- Rapid or increased pulse
- Swollen throat or lump making it difficult to breathe
- Low blood pressure
- Extreme dizziness or loss of consciousness
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