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Parrot, Parakeet, and Budgerigar Feather Allergy IgE Blood Test

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The Parrot, Parakeet, and Budgerigar Feather Allergy IgE Blood Test measures the IgE antibody levels in the blood to detect an allergy to various bird feathers.


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Test Code:


CPT Code(s):



Thermo Fisher ImmunoCAP®




No special preparation is required.

Test Results:

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

Walk-In Lab is prohibited from selling LabCorp tests to residents in the following states:NY, NJ, RI, MA, MD

What is the purpose of this test?

Order this Parrot, Parakeet, and Budgerigar Feather Allergy IgE Blood Test to measure the IgE antibody levels in the blood and help detect an allergy to various bird 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. Unfortunately, some hypersensitive individuals experience an allergic reaction after coming in direct contact with bird feathers.


What causes an allergic reaction to bird feathers?

However, bird feathers themselves are not a significant source of allergens. Instead, allergic reactions to birds 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 birds become lively or playful, these allergens may spread, circulating the allergen. Therefore, allergies may become apparent after exposure to these birds due to handling them, cleaning their cages, or being in an area where dust has been circulated. 


Like every allergy, a parrot, parakeet, and budgerigar feather allergy causes a reaction in the immune system. When the dander from the feathers comes in contact with the immune system, the body 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 Parrot, Parakeet, and Budgerigar Feather Allergy IgE Blood Test?

Individuals may order this test if they have experienced an allergic reaction related to bird 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 bird feathers. An individual with a bird feather allergy may experience hay fever or asthma-like symptoms, such as:


  • Congestion
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Red or watery eyes
  • Lightheadedness
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sore Throat
  • Swelling 
  • 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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