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Paprika Allergy IgE Blood Test

The paprika allergy IgE blood test measures the amount of allergen-specific IgE antibodies in the blood to detect an allergy to paprika.


Test Code: 602779

CPT Code: 86003

Also Known As:

Methodology:

Thermo Fisher ImmunoCAP

Preparation:

No special preparation required.

Test Results:

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


Test Code: 3047

CPT Code: 86003

Also Known As:

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

Paprika is a vivid, red, ground spice made from peppers that are a part of the Capsicum annuum family. These peppers can include cayenne peppers, sweet, mild, red bell peppers, poblano peppers, Aleppo peppers, or hot chili peppers. Since various kinds of peppers are used to make this spice, the heat can vary. Most individuals identify paprika as having a mildly sweet, smoky taste. Paprika is also often used as a garnish on foods like deviled eggs or potato salad due to its distinctive color.

An allergy to paprika 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, which can be experienced within minutes to a few hours after exposure. Common symptoms of a paprika allergy may include one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Twitching
  • Itching
  • Rashes on the body
  • Hives
  • Lips swelling
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloated stomach
  • In severe cases, anaphylaxis 

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