Turkey Feather Allergy IgE Blood Test
The Turkey Feather Allergy IgE Blood Test measures IgE antibodies in the blood to detect an allergy to turkey feathers.
What is the purpose of this test?
Order this Turkey Feather Allergy IgE Blood Test, which measures the IgE antibody levels in the blood to detect an allergy to turkey feathers. By eating harmful insects, regulating rodent populations, and pollinating plants, birds are essential to our ecosystem. Unfortunately, due to allergies, many hypersensitive individuals experience adverse reactions after they come in physical contact with bird feathers. Among the many bird feather allergies, turkey feathers are one of the more common causes of allergic reactions compared to other bird feathers.
What causes an allergic reaction to turkey feathers?
Turkey feathers themselves are not a significant source of allergens. Instead, allergic reactions to turkeys are related to the dander found in their feathers. Dander is dust resulting from the breakage of feather shafts, which tends to accumulate inside feathers. When turkeys become lively, their feathers may become airborne, circulating allergens. Therefore, allergies may become apparent after exposure to these turkeys due to handling them, cleaning their cages, or being in an area where dust has been circulated.
Like every allergy, a turkey feather allergy causes a reaction in the immune system. When the dander from the feathers comes in contact with the skin or airways, the immune system views it as toxic and becomes sensitized, producing IgE antibodies against these contaminants. Unfortunately, these antibodies trigger the release of the chemical histamine, which will cause the symptoms of an allergic reaction.
When should I order a Turkey Feather Allergy IgE Blood Test?
Individuals may order this test if they have experienced an allergic reaction related to turkey feathers. The allergic reaction may range from mild or moderate to severe and vary for each individual. An individual may experience allergic reactions minutes to a few hours after exposure to turkey feathers. An individual with a turkey feather allergy may experience hay fever or asthma-like 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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