Parrot, Parakeet, and Budgerigar Feather Allergy IgE Blood Test
The parrot, parakeet, and budgerigar feather allergy IgE blood test measures the amount of allergen-specific IgE antibodies in the blood to detect an allergy to these birds' feathers.
Order a parrot, parakeet, and budgerigar feather allergy IgE blood test to detect an allergy to these birds' feathers. This test measures the amount of allergen-specific antibodies in a blood sample.
Out in the wild, birds certainly make a difference. By eating harmful insects and keeping rodent populations in check, they aid farmers; some also play an important role in pollinating plants. Yet these feathery animals are, to many people, genuinely beloved companions.
Feathers themselves are not a significant source of allergens. Allergic reactions to the birds are related to their dander. Dander is dust resulting from the breakage of feather shafts which tend to accumulate inside feathers. When birds become lively or playful, these allergens may spread, circulating the allergen.
Allergies may become apparent after exposure to these birds due to handling them, cleaning their cages, or being in the area where dust has been circulated.
Like every allergy, a parrot, parakeet, and budgerigar feather allergy causes a reaction in the immune system. When contact is made with the allergen, the body views it as toxic and becomes sensitized, producing IgE antibodies against these contaminants. These antibodies trigger the release of histamines, 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 parrot, parakeet, and budgerigar feather allergy may include one or more of the following symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Redness of the skin
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Itchy watery eyes
- Reduced lung capacity
- Difficulty breathing
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