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Guinea Pig Allergy IgE Blood Test

The guinea pig allergy IgE blood test measures the amount of allergen-specific IgE antibodies in the blood in order to detect an allergy to guinea pigs.


Test Code: 2606

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Methodology: Immunoassay (IA)

Preparation: No special preparation required.

Test Results: 3-5 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

Description

Order a guinea pig allergy IgE blood test to detect an allergy to guinea pigs. This test measures the amount of allergen-specific antibodies in a blood sample.

 

As household pets, guinea pigs are less common than cats and dogs, but they are just as likely to cause allergies in certain individuals. A protein in the animal's saliva and urine is the main source of guinea pig allergens, but the protein can also be transferred to the guinea pig's fur, skin, and dander. When the urine dries, allergenic proteins become airborne, causing symptoms if inhaled. The great thing is that guinea pigs typically do not run free in the home, so the allergens remain in or near the cage. 

 

An allergy to guinea pigs triggers a reaction in an individual's immune system. The body views certain substances as toxic and produces IgE antibodies to these contaminants. These antibodies cause histamine to be released, which will cause the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Allergy symptoms vary from one individual to the next ranging from mild to severe reactions. Common symptoms of a guinea pig allergy include:

 

  • Sneezing
  • Itching
  • Wheezing
  • Runny nose
  • Skin rashes
  • Shortness of breath

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