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Quinoa Allergy IgE Blood Test

The Quinoa Allergy IgE Blood Test measures IgE antibody levels in the blood to help detect an allergy to quinoa.

Sample Report

Test Code: 90660

Also Known As:

Methodology:

Immunoassay (IA)

Specimen Type: Blood

Preparation:

No special preparation is required.

Test Results:

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

Description

What is the purpose of this test?

Order this Quinoa Allergy IgE Blood Test to measure IgE antibody levels in the blood and help detect a quinoa allergy. Quinoa is a flowering plant from the Amaranthaceae family, originating in South America. Quinoa is often called a pseudocereal for its similar taste and appearance to common grains. It also contains high levels of calcium, potassium, and iron, making it an excellent substitute for individuals looking for healthy alternatives. However, some hypersensitive individuals may experience an allergic reaction from ingesting quinoa. 

 

What foods or products should I avoid if I have a quinoa allergy?

Allergic individuals should pay close attention to avoiding foods containing quinoa. Quinoa can be found as a key ingredient in many healthy snacks and vegetarian or vegan dishes. Some of the most common quinoa-based foods and products include:

 

  • Salads
  • Veggie burgers
  • Certain flours, soups, or breakfast cereals
  • Combination dishes like pilaf
  • Foods that contain saponin (chickpeas, soybeans, amaranth seeds, legumes)

 

What causes an allergy to quinoa?

Most food allergies are triggered by an individual's immune system reaction. For example, quinoa contains saponin in its coating, which triggers an adverse response in an individual's immune system. The body views certain substances as toxic and produces IgE antibodies to combat these contaminants. These antibodies cause histamine to be released, which will cause the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

 

When should I order a Quinoa Allergy IgE Blood Test?

Individuals may order this test if they have experienced symptoms related to a quinoa allergy. Allergy symptoms vary from one individual to the next ranging from mild to severe reactions, which can occur within minutes to hours after consumption. Common symptoms of a quinoa allergy may include one or more of the following symptoms:

 

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Hives
  • Itching or tingling around the mouth or lips
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, or throat
  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Wheezing

 

A severe, possibly life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis can occur in the most severe cases. An anaphylactic response requires immediate medical attention. Signs or symptoms of anaphylaxis 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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