Berry Allergy IgE Blood Test Panel
The Berry Allergy IgE, Blood Test Panel, measures the IgE antibody levels in the blood to help detect an allergy to various berries.
This Berry Allergy IgE, Blood Test Panel, screens for an allergy to the following berries:
What is the purpose of this test?
Order this Berry Allergy IgE, Blood Test Panel, which measures the IgE antibody levels in the blood to help detect an allergy to various berries. Strawberries and raspberries belong to the Rosaceae family, which consists of several flowering vines that produce fruits. Other fruits in the Rosaceae family include peaches, apples, and cherries. Blueberries belong to the Ericaceae family, which consists mainly of herbs and shrubs. However, this family also produces other fruits, such as cranberries and huckleberries. Berries contain many vitamins (K & C), antioxidants, and minerals, and are fiber-rich. Berries also help protect against inflammation and reduce the risk of certain health conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Due to their many health benefits, berries are an essential ingredient in many products, including:
- Jams, preserves, purees
- Beverages (smoothies and juices)
- Frozen desserts
- Herbal teas
- Marinades, sauces, and dressings
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails
- Candies and desserts
Unfortunately, some hypersensitive individuals experience allergic reactions after ingesting certain berries. Food allergies are prevalent in the United States, affecting approximately 5% of adults and 8% of children. Adverse food reactions can lead to severe symptoms and chronic health conditions.
What causes an allergy to berries?
Allergic reactions to berries are generally associated with oral allergy syndrome (OAS) or pollen-food allergy. OAS is caused by cross-reactivity to allergens in pollen and raw fruits, vegetables, or some tree nuts. The immune system views pollen and specific proteins found in food as harmful and produce IgE antibodies to combat them. Unfortunately, these antibodies cause a chemical called histamine to be released in the blood, which prompts an allergic reaction.
When should I order a Berry Allergy IgE Blood Test Panel?
Individuals may order this panel if they experience an allergic reaction after ingesting certain berries. An allergic reaction may vary from mild or moderate to severe and vary depending on the individual. Individuals may experience allergic reactions minutes to a few hours after exposure. An individual allergic to berries 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
An extreme, a potentially 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 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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