Almond Allergy IgE Blood Test
The almond allergy blood test measures the amount of allergen-specific IgE antibodies in the blood in order to detect an allergy to almonds and food products containing hidden almond remnants.
Most often, you know the things that don't sit well with you. Other times you have no idea why you feel miserable and have constant symptoms. Almonds are a kind of tree nut, and tree nuts are one of the top eight allergens. Commonly, if you are allergic to one tree nut type, you may have allergies to other tree nut types.
An allergy to a type of food is triggered by 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.
Food allergies, like almond food allergies, can be life-threatening in some people. Common symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Hives or excessive itching
- Swelling of the tongue, lips or throat
- Throat closure
- Loss of consciousness
- Anaphylactic shock
Apart from almonds in their natural form, almonds can be an ingredient in other food products. If you typically have a reaction when consuming almonds, you may need to avoid foods that contain hidden almond remnants such as:
- Almond flour
- Plain and/or flavored almonds (whole, sliced, crushed)
- Almond extract
- Almond-crusted meats (i.e., almond-crusted salmon)
- Almond milk
- Certain baked goods that have almonds toppings, crusts or almond additives
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