Sunflower Allergy Blood Test
The Sunflower Allergy test measures the IgE antibody levels to help detect a pollen allergy to sunflowers.
This test measures the IgE antibody levels in a blood sample to detect a pollen allergy to sunflowers. Sunflowers is an annual forb plant belonging to the Asteraceae family native to Mexico. However, this plant is produced globally and used to produce sunflower oil and seeds. The pollination period of this plant falls from early July to late October. Therefore, the pollen released from the sunflower plant is a common source of seasonal allergies for people in regions where this plant is prevalent.
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 sunflowers may experience hay fever and asthma 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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