Plum Allergy IgE Blood Test
The Plum Allergy IgE Blood Test measures the IgE antibody levels in the blood to detect an allergy to plums.
What is the purpose of this test?
Order this Plum Allergy IgE Blood Test, which measures the IgE antibody levels in the blood to detect an allergy to plums. There are many types of plums, which are a kind of fruit tree in the Rosaceae family. They come in different colors, like red, yellow, blue, and green, and there are over 2,000 varieties grown all around the world. The P. domestica is usually purple-black, and the P. salicina, or Japanese plum, is typically yellow to crimson. Plums are used in desserts, pastries, and preserves and can be eaten fresh. In the US and Canada, plums are often dried to make prunes, which are basically the same fruit. Prunes are known for their laxative properties and are more commonly available. People with allergies should be careful because plums are related to other fruits in the Rosaceae family, like cherries, apricots, and peaches.
When should I order a Plum Allergy IgE Blood Test?
Individuals may order this Plum Allergy Blood Test if they have experienced symptoms related to a plum allergy. Allergy symptoms vary depending on the individual, ranging from mild to severe reactions. Most food-related symptoms occur within two hours of ingestion but frequently begin within minutes. In addition, the response can be delayed by four to six hours or even longer in some rare cases.
An allergic reaction may affect the skin, intestinal lining, and air pathways. Individuals with a plum allergy may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Tingling sensation near or around the mouth
- Abdominal discomfort
- Nausea or vomiting
- Itching or hives
- Difficulty breathing, swallowing, or wheezing
In some cases, a severe, possibly life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis may occur. An anaphylactic response requires immediate medical attention. Signs or symptoms of anaphylaxis may include:
- Rapid or increased heart rate
- Swollen throat or lump making it difficult to breathe
- Low blood pressure
- Extreme dizziness or loss of consciousness
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