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Basil Allergy IgE Blood Test

The Basil Allergy test measures the IgE antibody levels to detect a food sensitivity to basil.


Test Code: 602809

CPT Code: 86003

Also Known As: Sweet Basil; Thai Basil; Ocimum basilicum

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: 2564

CPT Code: 86003

Also Known As: Sweet Basil; Thai Basil; Ocimum basilicum

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 Basil Allergy test measures the IgE antibody levels in a blood sample to detect a food sensitivity to basil. Basil is an herb from the Lamiaceae (Mint) family with origins in India. Other herbs in the mint family include thyme, lavender, oregano, sweet marjoram, rosemary, and sage. Basil is a popular herb grown globally, with leading producers in countries like India, the United States, and China. Basil contains vitamins (K & A), minerals (Lutein & Beta-Carotene), and antioxidants. Basil also protects against inflammation and reduces the risks of cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes. Due to its many health benefits, basil is an essential ingredient in many products, including:

  • Tomato paste
  • Soups and stews
  • Certain meat, vegetable, and pasta dishes (Italian and Indian dishes)
  • Alcoholic beverages (chartreuse)
  • Handmade and organic soaps
  • Cosmetics
  • Hair products
  • Perfumes
  • Essential oils

While an allergy to basil is uncommon, it may cause a reaction in individuals with a food sensitivity. In addition, ingestion of basil or basil-based products may activate an individual's immune system response. The immune system views certain substances as harmful and produces IgE antibodies to combat these invaders. Unfortunately, these antibodies cause a chemical called histamine to be released in the blood, which prompts an allergic reaction.

An allergic reaction may vary from mild or moderate to severe and differ for each individual. An individual may experience allergic reaction minutes to a few hours after exposure to an allergen. An individual allergic to basil 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, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis can occur in the most severe cases. An anaphylactic response requires immediate medical attention. Signs of anaphylaxis 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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