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Red Cedar Allergy Blood Test

The Red Cedar Allergy test measures the IgE antibody levels to detect a pollen allergy to Red Cedar.


Test Code: 605616

Also Known As: Red Juniper; Juniperus Virginiana; Eastern Red Cedar

Methodology:

Thermo Fisher ImmunoCAP®

Preparation:

No special preparation is required.

Test Results:

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


Test Code: 30751

Also Known As: Red Juniper; Juniperus Virginiana; Eastern Red Cedar

Methodology:

Immunoassay (IA)

Preparation:

No special preparation is required.

Test Results:

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

Description

This test measures the IgE antibody levels in a blood sample to detect a pollen allergy to Red Cedar. Red Cedar, also known as Red Juniper, is a slow-growing evergreen tree belonging to the Juniperus Virginiana species native to North America. This tree species is more prevalent in the eastern United States, from southeastern Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The pollination period of this tree falls from November to March, with peak pollen falling in January and February. Therefore, the pollen released from the Red Cedar tree is a common source of seasonal allergies for people in these regions.

An allergic reaction may range from mild or moderate to severe and vary for each individual. An individual may experience allergic reaction minutes to a few hours after exposure to an allergen. An individual with a pollen allergy to Red Cedar may experience hay fever and asthma symptoms, such as:

  • Congestion
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Red or watery eyes
  • Lightheadedness
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sore Throat
  • Swelling
  • 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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