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Salmon Allergy IgE Blood Test

The salmon allergy IgE blood test measures the amount of allergen-specific IgE antibodies in the blood to detect an allergy to salmon.


Test Code: 602507

Also Known As:

Methodology: Thermo Fisher ImmunoCAP

Preparation: No special preparation required.

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


Test Code: 2841

Also Known As:

Methodology: Immunoassay (IA)

Preparation: No special preparation required.

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

Description

Order a salmon allergy IgE blood test to detect an allergy to salmon. This test measures the amount of allergen-specific antibodies in a blood sample.

The third most commonly consumed fish is salmon. Mainly because of its high amount of healthy saturated fats, it is called an oily fish. It is a full-flavored fish with a very vivid flesh varying from orange to dark red and has a very distinctive flavor profile.

With excellent nutritional value, salmon is a favorite among fish lovers and enjoyed even by those who are not always fond of fish. Salmon is an exceptional source of selenium, vitamin D, vitamin B12. It is considered a good source of protein, niacin, phosphorus, vitamin B6, and omega-3 fatty acids. It is also a good source of biotin, potassium, choline, and pantothenic acid.

The taste and texture of salmon vary widely depending on the species, time of year, farming method, and cooking approach, but usually, all salmon have a rich, oily taste.

There is allergic cross-reactivity between various types of fish, which means that individuals with allergies to one type of fish are likely to have or develop an allergy to other types of finned fish. This is due to a protein that is present in many fish called parvalbumin. Individuals that are allergic to salmon are normally advised to avoid all finned fish.

There are many species of finned fish. Some of the most common fish species to avoid, however, include:

  • Bass
  • Haddock
  • Anchovies
  • Hake
  • Catfish
  • Halibut
  • Cod
  • Herring
  • Flounder
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Grouper
  • Perch
  • Swordfish
  • Pike
  • Sole
  • Pollock
  • Tilapia
  • Snapper
  • Trout
  • Scrod
  • Tuna

An allergy to salmon 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 consumption. Common symptoms of a salmon allergy may include one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Tingling, tightness, or swelling of the face, throat, tongue, or lips
  • Itchy skin
  • Hives
  • Wheezing
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness

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