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Gerbil Epithelium Allergy IgE Blood Test

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The Gerbil Epithelium Allergy IgE Blood Test measures the IgE antibody levels in the blood to help detect an allergy to gerbils.


Test Code:


CPT Code(s):



Thermo Fisher ImmunoCAP®




No special preparation is required.

Test Results:

2-5 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday, or lab delays.

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What is the purpose of this test?

Order this Gerbil Epithelium Allergy IgE Blood Test, which measures the IgE antibody levels in the blood to help detect an allergy to gerbils. Pet allergies are often caused by exposure to shedding hair and pet dander, which are dead skin cells. These particles become airborne and settle on soft surfaces such as clothing, carpets, furniture, and bedding, making them difficult to remove. While cats and dogs are more commonly associated with pet dander allergies, some people may also experience allergic reactions to gerbils. Unfortunately, those who are hypersensitive may still experience adverse reactions even after physical contact with gerbils.


What causes an allergic reaction to gerbils?

Although gerbils are not known to be a major source of allergens, some individuals may experience allergies triggered by their dander and saliva. Dander is a type of dust that accumulates within their fur from the breakage of hair shafts. Those who are hypersensitive may have an allergic reaction to specific proteins found in gerbil dander and saliva upon contact. This could happen from handling gerbils, cleaning their cages, or being in an area with circulated dust. 


Similar to all allergies, a gerbil allergy leads to a reaction in the immune system. When the skin or airways come in contact with the saliva or dander, the immune system perceives it as harmful. Consequently, the immune system develops sensitivity, creating IgE antibodies against these contaminants. Unfortunately, these antibodies activate the release of the chemical histamine, which causes the symptoms of an allergic reaction.


When should I order a Gerbil Epithelium Allergy IgE Blood Test?

Individuals may order this test if they have experienced an allergic reaction related to gerbils. The allergic reaction may range from mild or moderate to severe and vary for each individual. An individual may experience allergic reactions minutes to a few hours after exposure to gerbils. An individual with a gerbil allergy may experience hay fever or asthma-like symptoms, such as:


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


An extreme, life-threatening allergic reaction known as an anaphylactic shock can occur in the most severe cases. An anaphylactic response requires immediate medical attention. Signs of an anaphylactic shock 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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