Bayberry Allergy IgE Blood Test
The Bayberry Allergy IgE Blood Test measures the IgE antibody levels in the blood to detect a bayberry allergy.
What is the purpose of this test?
Order this Bayberry Allergy IgE Blood Test, which measures the IgE antibody levels in the blood to detect a bayberry allergy. The bayberry, also known as sweet gale, is a tree or large shrub native to North America. When its leaves are crushed, they release a pleasant fragrance. Many different varieties of bayberry are grown as ornamental plants in gardens. However, some people sensitive to allergens may experience hay fever symptoms after exposure to bayberry. Although there have been few studies on this issue, anecdotal evidence suggests that the allergy may be more common than initially believed. In fact, southern bayberry was found to be the source of the fifth most common windborne tree pollen in Tampa, Florida. The bayberry pollen season typically begins mid-January or February and continues until May. It tends to be more severe during warm and dry days and cool nights.
What causes an allergy to bayberry?
Bayberry allergies are triggered by a hypersensitive individual inhaling its pollen. These allergens may trigger a response in their immune system since the body views certain substances as harmful, producing IgE antibodies to combat these invaders. Unfortunately, these antibodies cause histamine to be released, resulting in the symptoms associated with an allergic reaction.
When should I order a Bayberry Allergy IgE Blood Test?
Individuals may order this test if they have experienced symptoms related to a bayberry allergy. Allergy symptoms vary from one individual to the next ranging from mild to severe reactions, which can occur within minutes to hours after exposure. Common symptoms of a bayberry allergy may include one or more of the following symptoms:
- Red or watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Sore or scratchy throat
- Sinus pressure causing facial pain
- Swollen, dark-colored skin under the eyes
- Trouble breathing or wheezing
- Poor sleep
- Decreased sense of taste or smell
A severe, possibly life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis can occur in the most severe cases. An anaphylactic response requires immediate medical attention. Signs or symptoms 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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