Duck Feather Allergy IgE Blood Test
The duck feather allergy blood test measures the amount of allergen-specific IgE antibodies in the blood in order to detect an allergy to duck feathers.
Duck feathers are one of the more significant causes of allergic reactions when compared to other bird feathers. Allergies may become apparent after exposure to ducks due to handling them, cleaning their cages, or being in the area where dust is circulated from housing the birds.
Allergies to other bird species, such as parrot, parakeet, chicken, pigeon, and goose may also be encountered by individuals with duck allergies.
An allergy to duck feathers triggers a reaction in an individual's immune system. The body views certain substances as toxic and produces IgE antibodies to these contaminants. These antibodies cause histamine to be released, which will cause the symptoms of an allergic reaction.
Allergy symptoms vary from one individual to the next ranging from mild to severe reactions. Common symptoms of a duck feather allergy include:
- Sore throat
- Postnasal drip
- Itchy and watery eyes
- Runny nose
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