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Carrot Allergy IgE Blood Test

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The Carrot Allergy test measures the IgE antibody levels to detect a carrot allergy.


Test Code: 602521

Also Known As:

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: 2831

Also Known As:

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 test measures the amount of IgE allergen-specific antibodies in a blood sample to detect an allergy to carrots. Carrots are a popular root vegetable belonging to the Apiaceae family, originating in Central Asia. Carrots are rich in nutrients and antioxidants; therefore, they are used as an essential ingredient in many products such as:

  • vegetable juices
  • premade smoothies
  • canned soups and stews
  • prepackaged frozen dinners
  • marinades
  • many roasted meat dishes
  • premade cooking stock or broth
  • some baked goods

While a carrot allergy is uncommon, hypersensitive people who ingest carrots or carrot-based products may experience mild to moderate allergic symptoms. In addition, an individual with an oral allergy syndrome, also known as pollen-food allergy syndrome, may experience allergy symptoms after consuming raw carrots. The individual may experience a minor reaction when consuming cooked carrots as the cooking process tends to break down allergens.

Consumption of carrots or carrot-based products may activate 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 carrots 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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