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Cauliflower Allergy IgE Blood Test

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The Cauliflower Allergy test measures the IgE antibody levels to detect a cauliflower allergy.


Test Code: 602827

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: 2635

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 IgE antibody levels in a blood sample to detect an allergy to cauliflower. Cauliflower is a vegetable related to the Brassicaceae family with origins in the Northeast Mediterranean. Other vegetables in this family include Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, collards, and kale. Cauliflower is rich in fiber and vitamins and can be used as a low-calorie and gluten-free alternative to rice and flour. Therefore, it is used as an essential ingredient in many keto-friendly, vegan, and gluten-free products, such as:

  • Cauliflower rice
  • Cauliflower pizza crust
  • Mashed cauliflower
  • Cauliflower pasta

Cauliflower allergy is uncommon; however, hypersensitive people who ingest this vegetable may experience mild to moderate allergic symptoms. An allergy to cauliflower 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 cauliflower 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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