Brussel Sprouts Allergy IgE Blood Test
The Brussel Sprouts Allergy test measures the IgE antibody levels to detect a Brussel sprouts allergy.
This test measures the IgE antibody levels in a blood sample to detect an allergy to Brussel sprouts. Brussel sprouts are a vegetable belonging to the Brassicaceae family with origins in the Mediterranean that were cultivated into various species through selective breeding. Other species in this family include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, and kale.
Although Brussel sprout allergy isn’t common, hypersensitive people who ingest this vegetable may experience mild to moderate allergic symptoms. An allergy to Brussel sprouts activates an unnecessary response in an individual's immune system. The body views certain substances as harmful and produces IgE antibodies to combat these invaders. Unfortunately, these antibodies cause histamine to be released, which causes 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 Brussel sprouts 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, 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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