Almond Allergy IgE Blood Test
The Almond Allergy IgE Blood Test measures the IgE antibody levels in the blood to help detect an allergy to almonds.
What is the purpose of this test?
Order this Almond Allergy IgE Blood Test to measure the IgE antibody levels in the blood to help detect an allergy to almonds. Almonds are a variety of tree nuts, and tree nuts are one of the top eight allergens. Nuts are a common food allergen in the United States, making up 1.8% of food allergy cases. Therefore, if an individual is allergic to one tree nut type, they may have allergies to other tree nut types such as Brazil Nuts, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, and cashews.
What causes an allergy to almonds?
An allergy to almonds triggers a reaction in an individual's immune system. This is because 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.
What foods or products should I avoid if I am allergic to almonds?
Individuals allergic to almonds should steer clear of food or products that contain nut-based ingredients to prevent an allergic reaction. Tree nuts are present in so many foods it can be challenging to avoid. Individuals needing to remove almonds or other tree nuts from their diet should pay close attention to the ingredients in the following common products:
- Almond flour
- Plain or flavored almonds (whole, sliced, crushed)
- Almond extract
- Almond-crusted meats (i.e., almond-crusted salmon)
- Almond milk
- African, Asian, Mediterranean, and other cuisines
- Baked goods (cakes, cookies, pies, and bread)
- Candy and other sweets (frozen desserts)
- Certain pre-packaged salads
- Certain vegan dishes
- Granolas, energy bars, and trail mixes
- Nut butters and oils
- Salad dressings, sauces, and marinades
- Soups, stews, and chilis
When should I order an Almond Allergy IgE Blood Test?
Individuals may order this test if they have experienced symptoms associated with an almond allergy. An allergic reaction to almonds may range from mild to severe, depending on the individual. An individual may experience allergic reactions minutes to a few hours after exposure. An individual allergic to almonds may experience the following symptoms:
- Tingling sensation in or around the mouth
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Itching, hives, or eczema
- 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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