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Curry Powder Allergy IgE Blood Test

The Curry Powder Allergy test measures the IgE antibody levels to detect a food sensitivity to curry powder.


Test Code: 602819

CPT Code: 86003

Also Known As: Curry; Curry Paste; Santa Maria

Methodology:

Thermo Fisher ImmunoCAP®

Preparation:

No special preparation is required.

Test Results:

3-5 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday, or lab delays.


Test Code: 2916

CPT Code: 86003

Also Known As: Curry; Curry Paste; Santa Maria

Methodology:

Immunoassay (IA)

Preparation:

No special preparation is required.

Test Results:

3-5 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday, or lab delays.

Description

This Curry Powder Allergy test measures the IgE antibody levels in a blood sample to detect a food sensitivity to curry powder. Curry powder is a popular mixture of spices that contains turmeric, coriander, fenugreek, ginger, fennel, cumin, and black pepper native to India. Curry powder is used in various dishes worldwide, with countries like India, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, and Japan as leading producers. Due to the multiple spices used in curry powder, it provides many health benefits like anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to reduce risks of heart disease and cancer.

Common products and dishes that contain curry powder are:

  • Curry paste
  • Marinades, sauces, and salad dressings
  • Meat dishes (Curry chicken and shrimp)
  • Curry noodles
  • Rice dishes

An allergy to spices like curry powder is uncommon. However, individuals with hypersensitivity that eat dishes containing curry powder may experience mild to moderate allergic symptoms. The spice may activate an individual's immune system response to produce IgE antibodies to combat the foreign substance. Unfortunately, these antibodies cause the chemical histamine to be released, which causes an allergic reaction.

Allergic reactions may range from mild or moderate to severe and differ for each person. A person may experience an allergic reaction within minutes to a few hours of exposure to an allergen. An individual allergic to curry powder 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, possibly life-threatening allergic reaction is known as anaphylaxis and can occur in the most severe cases. An anaphylactic response requires immediate medical attention. Signs or symptoms of anaphylaxis 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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