Finch Feather Allergy IgE Blood Test
The finch feathers allergy test measures the amount of allergen-specific IgE antibodies in the blood in order to detect an allergy to finch feathers.
Out in the wild, birds certainly make a difference. By eating harmful insects and keeping rodent populations in check, they aid farmers; some also play an important role in pollinating plants. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Yet these feathery animals are, to many people, genuinely beloved companions. In reality, 6 million birds are kept as pets in the United States alone. Frequently, finches and their feathers cause allergies in family members, making a significant impact and a not-so-positive one.
Feathers themselves are not a significant source of allergens, shocking as it may be; reactions to their presence have more to do with dander — a kind of dust that results when feather shafts break down, which appear to accumulate inside feathers. When birds become lively or playful, such as when they flutter their wings or preen, these allergens may spread, circulating the allergen. However, it is also important to remember that allergens can even exist within the birds' fecal matter, and pet owners can easily get exposed to that when performing regular tasks such as cage cleaning.
Like every allergy, a finch feather allergy causes a reaction in the immune system. When contact is made with the allergen, the body views it as toxic and becomes sensitized, producing IgE antibodies against these contaminants. These antibodies trigger the release of histamines, which will cause the symptoms of an allergic reaction.
Allergy symptoms vary from one individual to the next ranging from mild to severe reactions. Some commons signs of an allergy to finch feathers can include:
- Sore throat
- Redness of the skin
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Itchy watery eyes
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