English Plantain Allergy IgE Blood Test
The English Plantain Allergy IgE Blood Test measures the IgE antibody levels in the blood to detect an allergy to English plantain.
What is the purpose of this test?
Order this English Plantain Allergy IgE Blood Test, which measures the IgE antibody levels in the blood to detect an allergy to English plantain. English plantain, also known as Plantago lanceolate, is a type of plant in the Plantaginaceae family. It is a weed that grows yearly and can be found in humid meadows and along roadsides. Plantain is a common cause of pollinosis in moderate climates and has two allergens, Pla l 1 and Pla l 2. Pla l 1 is a key allergen that helps diagnose plantain pollen sensitivity. Pla l 2 is a small protein that can cause polysensitization. Plantain allergy can cause seasonal allergic rhinitis, rhino-conjunctivitis, and sometimes asthma. It is important to note that plantain allergen can also cross-react with other pollens such as grass, birch, ash, and olive pollen.
What causes an allergy to English plantain?
English plantain allergies are triggered by a hypersensitive individual inhaling its pollen. These allergens may trigger a response in their immune system since the body views certain substances as harmful, producing IgE antibodies to combat these invaders. Unfortunately, these antibodies cause histamine to be released, resulting in the symptoms associated with an allergic reaction.
When should I order an English Plantain Allergy IgE Blood Test?
Individuals may order this test if they have experienced symptoms related to an English plantain allergy. Allergy symptoms vary from one individual to the next ranging from mild to severe reactions, which can occur within minutes to hours after exposure. Common symptoms of an English plantain allergy may include one or more of the following symptoms:
- Red or watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Sore or scratchy throat
- Sinus pressure causing facial pain
- Swollen, dark-colored skin under the eyes
- Trouble breathing or wheezing
- Poor sleep
- Decreased sense of taste or smell
A severe, possibly life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis 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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