Chickpea Allergy Blood Test
The Chickpea Allergy test measures the IgE antibody levels to detect a chickpea allergy.
This Chickpea Allergy test measures the IgE antibody levels in a blood sample to detect an allergy to chickpeas. Chickpeas, also called Garbanzo beans, are legumes related to the Fabaceae family. Other legumes in this family include lentils, soybeans, garden peas, peanuts, and different types of beans. Chickpeas are a great source of proteins, carbohydrates, B-group vitamins, and certain minerals. As a result, chickpeas are an excellent alternative to meat, especially among vegetarians and vegans. Chickpeas are a staple food in India, the Mediterranean, Central and South America, and North African and Middle Eastern countries. Furthermore, as the popularity of this legume has grown, more countries like Australia and the United States have become global producers.
Chickpeas are prepared and stored in the following ways:
- as a snack food, dessert, or condiment
- sometimes fresh
However, raw and boiled chickpeas contain allergens that may trigger an allergic reaction. An allergy to chickpeas 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 Chickpea 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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