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Nutmeg Allergy Blood Test

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The Nutmeg Allergy test measures the IgE antibody levels to detect a nutmeg allergy.


Test Code: 602820

CPT Code: 86003

Also Known As:

Methodology:

Thermo Fisher ImmunoCAP®

Preparation:

No special preparation is required.

Test Results:

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


Test Code: 2718

CPT Code: 86003

Also Known As:

Methodology:

Immunoassay (IA)

Preparation:

No special preparation is required.

Test Results:

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

Description

This test measures the IgE antibody levels in a blood sample to detect an allergy to nutmeg. Individuals with an allergy to tree nuts or peanuts do not need to avoid nutmeg since it is not a nut. Nutmeg is a spice made from ground seeds of the Myristica fragrans plant with origins in the Spice Islands. Another spice produced by this plant is Mace, made from the seed's shells. Nutmeg is a popular spice produced in India, Indonesia, and The Netherlands.

Nutmeg contains antioxidants, as well as anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Recent studies have shown that nutmeg may reduce heart risks, boost mood, and improve blood sugar levels. Due to its many health benefits, nutmeg is an essential ingredient in products, such as:

  • Butters
  • Certain cosmetics and fragrances
  • Certain meat dishes
  • Custards
  • Dietary supplements
  • Flavored yogurts
  • Ground spices
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Marinades and sauces
  • Pre-packaged desserts (pies, cakes, cookies, bread)
  • Warm or cold beverages (apple cider, hot chocolate, teas, lattes, smoothies)

A nutmeg allergy is uncommon; however, hypersensitive people who ingest nutmeg or nutmeg-based products may experience mild to moderate allergic symptoms. Nutmeg may activate an unnecessary response in an individual's immune system. The body views certain substances as harmful and produces IgE antibodies to combat invaders. Unfortunately, these antibodies cause histamine to be released, which causes an allergic reaction.

An allergic reaction may range from mild or moderate to severe and vary for each individual. An individual may experience allergic reaction minutes to a few hours after exposure to an allergen. An individual allergic to nutmeg 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, 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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