Rabbit Allergy IgE Blood Test
The Rabbit Allergy IgE Blood Test measures IgE antibodies in the blood to detect an allergy to rabbits.
What is the purpose of this test?
Order this Rabbit Allergy IgE Blood Test, which measures the IgE antibody levels in the blood to detect an allergy to rabbits. Exposure to shedding hair or pet dander (dead skin cells) is one of the most common sources of pet allergies. The pet hair and dander become airborne, and once settled, they are hard to get rid of from soft surfaces like clothing, carpets, furniture, and bedding. Among the many pet dander allergies, a rabbit allergy is a less common cause of allergic reactions than cats or dogs. Unfortunately, due to allergies, many hypersensitive individuals experience adverse reactions after they come in physical contact with rabbits.
What causes an allergic reaction to rabbits?
While rabbits are not a significant source of allergens, their dander and saliva trigger allergies in some individuals. Dander is dust resulting from the breakage of hair shafts, which tends to accumulate inside the fur. Once a hypersensitive individual comes into contact with a rabbit, they experience an allergic reaction due to the protein, Ory c 1, found in their dander and saliva. Therefore, allergies may become apparent after exposure to these rabbits due to handling them, cleaning their cages, or being in an area where dust has been circulated.
Like every allergy, a rabbit allergy causes a reaction in the immune system. When the saliva or dander comes in contact with the skin or airways, the immune system views it as toxic. As a result, the immune system becomes sensitized, producing IgE antibodies against these contaminants. Unfortunately, these antibodies activate the release of the chemical histamine, which will cause the symptoms of an allergic reaction.
When should I order a Rabbit Allergy IgE Blood Test?
Individuals may order this test if they have experienced an allergic reaction related to rabbits. 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 rabbits. An individual with a rabbit allergy may experience hay fever or asthma-like symptoms, such as:
- Red or watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Sore Throat
- 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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