Sage Allergy IgE Blood Test
The sage allergy IgE blood test measures the amount of allergen-specific IgE antibodies in the blood to detect an allergy to sage.
Order a sage allergy IgE blood test to detect an allergy to sage. This test measures the amount of allergen-specific antibodies in a blood sample.
Sage is a woody, seasonal shrub that blooms in blue, white, or lilac. The leaves are edible, grey-green, and oval-shaped, and they are highly fragrant and aromatic, with a rosemary-like fragrance. It is part of the same family as mint, along with lavender, rosemary, basil, thyme, and oregano. In more recent years, studies show that the health benefits of sage have grown and appear to contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds.
Sage is often used in a variety of culinary ways. It can be eaten whole or ground, used as a garnish, or as a spice to enhance a dish's flavor without adding salt or calories. Since the herb is commonly used, allergic individuals should pay close attention to foods that contain sage, including:
Sage also can be found in cosmetics, soaps, shampoos, and perfumes.
An allergy to sage 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 or consumption. Common symptoms of a sage allergy may include one or more of the following symptoms:
- Swollen bumps
- Skin rashes
- Swelling of the lips and throat
- Tingling around the mouth
- Burning sensation
- Nasal congestion
- Red and watery eyes
- Digestive issues
- Trouble in breathing
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