Spinach Allergy IgE Blood Test
The Spinach Allergy IgE Blood Test measures the IgE antibody levels in the blood to help detect an allergy to spinach.
What is the purpose of this test?
Order this Spinach Allergy IgE Blood Test to measure the IgE antibody levels in the blood and to help detect an allergy to spinach. Spinach is a part of the Amaranthaceae (Amaranth) family, with origins in the Middle East and Spain. Other plants in this family include chard, beetroot, quinoa, and amaranth. Spinach is one of the most popular salad crops globally. Due to a variety of spinach being able to withstand cold weather, it is also grown year-round for canning, frozen, and fresh consumption. Spinach is a rich source of iron and vitamins A and C; therefore, it is the main ingredient in many salads, smoothies, and cooked dishes. Unfortunately, some hypersensitive individuals experience an allergic reaction after consuming spinach.
What causes an allergy to spinach?
Although a spinach allergy is rare, some individuals may be sensitive to specific proteins found in spinach. In addition, due to cross-reactivity, individuals may experience an adverse reaction to spinach if they have an allergy to other plants in the amaranth family. An individual's immune system triggers an allergic reaction to spinach. The body views certain substances (proteins) as toxic and produces IgE antibodies to combat these contaminants. These antibodies cause histamine to be released, which triggers allergic reaction symptoms.
What foods or products should I avoid if I am allergic to spinach?
Since spinach is a staple in the American diet, allergic individuals should pay close attention to foods that contain not only spinach but also members of the amaranth family. Some foods or products that can cause spinach allergy symptoms may include:
- Pasta and egg dishes
- Salicylates (aspirin)
- Pre-packaged salads
- Pre-made sauces and soups
- Certain vegetarian and vegan dishes
When should I order a Spinach Allergy IgE Blood Test?
Individuals may order this test if they have experienced symptoms related to a spinach allergy. Allergy symptoms vary from one individual to the next ranging from mild to severe reactions, which can occur within minutes to a few hours after exposure. Common symptoms of a spinach allergy may include one or more of the following:
- Hives or rash
- Coughing or wheezing
- Stomach pain
- Swelling of the face, lips, or throat
- Tingling sensation in the mouth
- Trouble breathing
A severe, possibly life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis may occur in some cases. An anaphylactic response requires immediate medical attention. Signs or symptoms of anaphylaxis may 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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