Pigeon Feather Allergy IgE Blood Test
The pigeon feather allergy IgE blood test measures the amount of allergen-specific IgE antibodies in the blood to detect an allergy to pigeon feathers.
Order a pigeon feather allergy IgE blood test to detect an allergy to pigeon feathers. This test measures the amount of allergen-specific antibodies in a blood sample.
Pigeon feathers are not one of the more significant causes of allergic reactions when compared to other bird feathers. Allergies may become apparent after exposure to pigeons due to handling them, cleaning their cages, or being in the area where dust is circulated from housing the birds.
Allergies to other bird species, such as parakeet, parrot, duck, goose, and chicken, may also be encountered by individuals with pigeon feather allergies.
An allergy to pigeon feathers 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 hours after exposure. Common symptoms of a pigeon feather allergy may include one or more of the following symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Postnasal drip
- Itchy and watery eyes
- Runny nose
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