Allergen Profile Mold Blood Test
The allergen profile mold blood test measures the amount of allergen-specific IgE antibodies in the blood to detect an allergy to various common molds.
Order an allergen profile mold blood test to detect an allergy to various common molds. This test measures the amount of allergen-specific antibodies in a blood sample.
The predominant allergen in mold is the seed, referred to as mold spores. These spores are tiny fungi that are continuously floating in the air and thrive in moist environments containing four things needed for growth; air, food, water, and a suitable temperature. Mold can be found in homes, outdoors, and in any building with a favorable environment.
Outdoor molds grow in places such as a pile of fallen leaves, on grass, in compost piles, and on rotting trees or logs. Although molds do not die with the first killing frost, they become inactive during the winter. In the springtime, mold can be found growing on plants killed by the cold winter temperatures.
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 leak
- Damp areas under a carpet
Out of the hundreds of types of molds, there is only a small amount of the molds that cause allergic reactions. Because mold spores are in the air, everyone breathes them through the nose, but only some react to the allergen. Mold allergies are not usually seasonal like other allergies because mold grows year-round. However, individuals with a mold allergy tend to have more symptoms from the middle of summer to early fall but can incur symptoms any time they are exposed to the mold spores.
An allergy to mold triggers a reaction in an individual's immune system. The body views certain substances as toxic and produces IgE antibodies to these contaminants. These antibodies cause histamine to be released, which will cause the symptoms of an allergic reaction.
Allergy symptoms vary from one individual to the next ranging from mild to severe reactions, which can be experienced within minutes to hours after consumption. Common symptoms of a mold allergy may include one or more of the following symptoms:
- watery and itchy eyes
- postnasal drip
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