Goose Feather Allergy IgE Blood Test
The Goose Feather Allergy IgE Blood Test measures the IgE antibody levels in the blood to detect an allergy to goose feathers.
What is the purpose of this test?
Order this Goose Feather Allergy IgE Blood Test measures the IgE antibody levels in the blood to detect an allergy to goose feathers. By eating harmful insects, regulating rodent populations, and pollinating plants, birds are essential to our ecosystem. In addition, birds are beloved companions to many people. Some common bird species kept as companions include parrots, parakeets, budgerigars, ducks, and geese. Unfortunately, some hypersensitive individuals experience an allergic reaction after coming in direct contact with goose feathers.
What causes an allergic reaction to goose feathers?
However, goose feathers themselves are not a significant source of allergens. Instead, allergic reactions to geese are related to the dander found in their feathers. Dander is dust resulting from the breakage of feather shafts which tends to accumulate inside feathers. When geese become lively or playful, these allergens may spread, circulating the allergen. Therefore, allergies may become apparent after exposure to these geese due to handling them, cleaning their cages, or being in an area where dust has been circulated. Additionally, allergic individuals may come in contact with goose feathers by coming in contact with pillows, duvets, and jackets stuffed with goose feathers.
Like every allergy, a goose feather allergy causes a reaction in the immune system. When the dander from the feathers comes in contact with the skin or airways, the immune system views it as toxic and becomes sensitized, producing IgE antibodies against these contaminants. Unfortunately, these antibodies trigger the release of the chemical histamine, which will cause the symptoms of an allergic reaction.
When should I order a Goose Feather Allergy IgE Blood Test?
Individuals may order this test if they have experienced an allergic reaction related to goose feathers. 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 goose feathers. An individual with a goose feather allergy may experience hay fever or asthma-like symptoms, such as:
- Red or watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Sore Throat
- 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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