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Apricot Allergy IgE Blood Test

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The Apricot Allergy test measures the IgE antibody levels to detect a food allergy to apricots.


Test Code: 602795

CPT Code: 86003

Also Known As: Prunus armeniaca

Methodology:

Thermo Fisher ImmunoCAP®

Preparation:

No special preparation is required.

Test Results:

2-5 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday, or lab delays.


Test Code: 2563

CPT Code: 86003

Also Known As: Prunus armeniaca

Methodology:

Immunoassay (IA)

Preparation:

No special preparation is required.

Test Results:

2-5 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday, or lab delays.

Description

This Apricot Allergy test measures the IgE antibody levels in a blood sample to detect a food allergy to apricots. Apricots are fruits produced by the apricot tree, belonging to the Rosaceae (Rose) family with origins in China and Central Asia. Other fruits in the rose family include apples, pears, strawberries, cherries, peaches, plums, raspberries, and prunes. Apricots are a popular fruit grown globally, with countries like Turkey, Uzbekistan, and Iran as leading producers. Apricots contain vitamins (A, C, & E), minerals (Potassium), and antioxidants. Apricots also help protect against inflammation and reduce obesity, diabetes, and heart disease risks. Due to their many health benefits, apricots are an essential ingredient in many products, including:

  • Beverages (smoothies and juices)
  • Frozen desserts
  • Herbal teas
  • Marinades, sauces, and dressings
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails
  • Candies and desserts
  • Toothpaste
  • Cosmetics
  • Skin and hair products
  • Perfumes

The key allergens in apricots are a Bet v 1 protein called Pru ar 1 and a lipid transfer protein (LTP) called Pru ar 3. These allergens mainly found in the fruit's skin activate a response in an individual's immune system upon ingestion. Due to the body viewing these allergens as harmful, it produces IgE antibodies to combat the invaders. Unfortunately, these antibodies cause a chemical called histamine to be released into the bloodstream, which triggers an allergic reaction.

An allergic reaction may range from mild or moderate to severe and vary for each individual. An individual may experience allergic reaction minutes to a few hours after exposure to an allergen. An individual allergic to apricots may experience the following symptoms:

  • Tingling sensation in or around the mouth
  • Swelling
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Itching, hives, or eczema
  • Congestion
  • Trouble breathing or wheezing
  • Lightheadedness

An extreme, life-threatening allergic reaction known as an anaphylactic shock can occur in the most severe cases. An anaphylactic response requires immediate medical attention. Signs of an anaphylactic shock 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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