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Eucalyptus Allergy IgE Blood Test

The Eucalyptus Allergy test measures the IgE antibody levels to help detect a pollen allergy to eucalyptus trees.


Test Code: 602930

CPT Code: 86003

Also Known As: Eucalyptus Pollen Allergy; Gum Tree; Blue Gum Tree; Fever Tree; Eucalyptus spp

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: 2518

CPT Code: 86003

Also Known As: Eucalyptus Pollen Allergy; Gum Tree; Blue Gum Tree; Fever Tree; Eucalyptus spp

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

Order this Eucalyptus Allergy test to measure the IgE antibody levels in a blood sample and detect a pollen allergy to eucalyptus trees. Eucalyptus is an evergreen tree or shrub belonging to the Myrtaceae family native to Australia. However, this tree is now grown globally in countries like the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, and the United States (mainly in California). Eucalyptus trees have several health benefits, such as antifungal properties, reducing inflammation, relieving colds and congestion, and boosting immune health. Individuals may also use eucalyptus oil to repel insects and other pests (fleas and ticks). Therefore, eucalyptus leaves and the oil from its bark are essential ingredients in many products, including:

  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Aromatherapy candles and fragrances
  • Herbal teas
  • Insect repellant
  • Household cleaning agents
  • Hair products
  • Soaps
  • Mouthwash
  • Cosmetics
  • Creams and ointments
  • Cough, cold, and congestion medications

The pollination period of eucalyptus trees falls from February to April. During this period, eucalyptus trees rely on insects and birds to help them pollinate. As a result, the pollen released from the eucalyptus trees does not become airborne to cause seasonal allergies. However, individuals with a sensitivity that comes in contact with eucalyptus pollen may experience an allergic reaction.

The allergic reaction may range from mild or moderate to severe, varying for each individual. Individuals may experience allergic reactions minutes to a few hours after exposure to an allergen. An individual with a pollen allergy to eucalyptus may experience hay fever and asthma symptoms, such as:

  • Congestion
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Red or watery eyes
  • Lightheadedness
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sore Throat
  • Swelling
  • Trouble breathing or wheezing

An extreme, potentially 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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