Garlic Allergy IgE Blood Test
The garlic allergy test measures the amount of allergen-specific IgE antibodies in the blood in order to detect an allergy to garlic.
Garlic can give significant flavor to foods and is often praised for its possible health benefits. Some individuals, however, are allergic to garlic. Garlic allergies are uncommon. If you have a garlic allergy, you might be allergic to cooked or raw garlic or all forms of garlic.
Garlic is part of the family of alliums. Individuals may also have an allergy to other foods in this family if they are allergic to garlic. In these plants, the proteins, or allergens, are similar to each other, so the immune system could respond to any of them. When this happens, it is referred to as cross-reactivity. In this plant family, other vegetables include:
Like every allergy, a garlic 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 common symptoms can include one or more of the following:
- Skin inflammation
- Tingling sensation of the lips, tongue, or mouth
- Nasal congestion
- Itchy nose
- Runny nose
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Stomach cramps
- Shortness of breath
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