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Goat Milk Allergy IgE Blood Test

The Goat Milk Allergy test measures IgE antibody levels to help detect an allergy to the proteins found in goat milk.


Test Code: 602526

CPT Code: 86003

Also Known As: Milk Allergy

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: 2922

CPT Code: 86003

Also Known As: Milk Allergy

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 Goat Milk Allergy test to measure IgE antibody levels and detect an allergy to the proteins found in goat milk. Although it is a good alternative for those with lactose intolerance to cow's milk, individuals with a milk allergy may also be allergic to goat milk. This is because goat and cow milk have similar components, and individuals may be allergic to the whey or casein proteins found in both. In addition, there are some rare cases when a person has an allergy to goat milk but not other types of milk.

Individuals with a goat milk allergy should avoid consuming goat milk products such as:

  • Butter
  • Goat cheese
  • Milk powders
  • Yogurt
  • Pasteurized goat milk
  • Evaporated and condensed goat milk
  • Handmade and organic soaps
  • Baked goods (cakes, cookies, and bread)
  • Frozen desserts (ice cream, smoothies, and gelatos)

Consumption of goat milk or goat milk products may activate an individual's immune system to produce IgE antibodies. These antibodies combat the foreign substance by releasing a chemical called histamine. This chemical then triggers the symptoms associated with an allergic reaction. The allergic reaction can range from mild or moderate to extreme and life-threatening. The reaction may also occur within minutes to a few hours after consumption.

An individual allergic to goat milk may experience the following symptoms:

  • Tingling sensation in or around the mouth
  • Swelling
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Itching, hives, or eczema
  • Congestion
  • Trouble breathing or wheezing
  • Lightheadedness

An extreme, 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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