Allergy Testing is a diagnostic method used to identify allergens that trigger an allergic response in the body.

A food allergy occurs when your immune system – your body’s defense against germs – overreacts to a certain food as if it was harmful. If you have symptoms after eating certain foods, food allergy testing can help find out if your symptoms are caused by an allergic reaction to those foods. And it’s important to find out because allergic reactions to food can be serious.

Most food allergy symptoms are mild and include skin rashes and abdominal (belly) pain. Sometimes, symptoms quickly develop into a life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis, or anaphylactic shock. Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency that may affect your whole body, including your breathing. And there’s no way to predict when an allergic reaction may change from mild to serious.

Most food allergies are caused by dairy products, nuts, grains, fish and shellfish and are more common in children than adults. Most children will grow out of allergies to milk, egg, soy, and wheat. But if a food allergy begins in adulthood, it’s likely to continue through life. If you or your child has symptoms that could be from a food allergy, then getting tested will enable you or your child to manage your lifestyles and through medication and avoidance be allergy free.

An allergy blood test measures a substance called immunoglobulin E (IgE) in your blood. IgE is an antibody that your body makes. If you have allergies, you may have more IgE in your blood than normal.

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The following Profile tests are available below.

Common Foods Profile, Nut & Seeds Panel, Foods & Inhalants Profile, Children’s Panel,
Fish & Shellfish Panel, Antibiotics Panel, Inhalants Profile, ALEX Screen

Full Blood Count

Common Foods Profile:

This test is used to identify common food allergies in particular  Cod F3, Cow’s Milk F2, Peanut F13, Wheat F4, Soybean F14, Egg F245, Cheese F81, Total IgE.

 

Why You should get Tested.

You should get tested if you have symptoms such as hives, swelling, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or vomiting after consuming certain foods.

Sample Required?

A blood sample will be taken from a vein in your arm.

When You should get Tested.

You should get tested if you suspect that you have a food allergy or if you have been diagnosed with a food allergy and need to identify the specific allergen.

Test Preparation

The patient should avoid eating or drinking anything for at least 8-12 hours before the test.

Full Blood Count

Nut & Seeds Panel:

This test is used to identify allergies to nuts and seeds such as Peanut F13, Hazel nut F17, Brazil nut F18,
Almond F20, Pecan nut F201, Cashew nut F202, Pistachio F203, Sesame seed F10, Poppy seed
F224, Pumpkin seed F226, Walnut F256, Sunflower seed k84, Pine nut F253, Macadamia nut F345, Total IgE

Why You should get Tested.

You should get tested if you have symptoms such as hives, swelling, or difficulty breathing after consuming nuts or seeds.

Sample Required?

A blood sample will be taken from a vein in your arm.

When You should get Tested.

You should get tested if you suspect that you have a nut or seed allergy or if you have been diagnosed with a nut or seed allergy and need to identify the specific allergen.

Test Preparation

The patient should avoid eating or drinking anything for at least 8-12 hours before the test.

Full Blood Count

Foods & Inhalants Profile:

This test is used to identify allergies to foods and inhalants such as Cod F3, Cow’s Milk F2, Peanut F13, Egg White F1, Egg Yolk F75, Wheat F4, Shrimp F24, Soybean F14, Silver Birch T3, Timothy Grass G6, Common
Ragweed W1, Aspergillus M3, Dust Mite D.pteronyssinus D1, Dust Mite D.farinae D2, Meadow Fescue G4, Total IgE

Why You should get Tested.

You should get tested if you have symptoms such as hives, swelling, or difficulty breathing after consuming certain foods or being exposed to certain inhalants.

Sample Required?

A blood sample will be taken from a vein in your arm.

When You should get Tested.

You should get tested if you suspect that you have a food or inhalant allergy or if you have been diagnosed with a food or inhalant allergy and need to identify the specific allergen.

Test Preparation

The patient should avoid eating or drinking anything for at least 8-12 hours before the test.

Full Blood Count

Children’s Panel:

This test is used to identify allergies in children.

The panel includes Wheat F4, Egg F245, Egg White F1, Egg Yolk F75,
Shrimp F24, Cow’s Milk F2, Dust Mite D.pteronyssinus D1, Peanut F13, Timothy Grass G6, Cat Dander E1, Dog Dander E5, Total IgE.

Why You should get Tested.

You should get your child tested if they have symptoms such as hives, swelling, or difficulty breathing after consuming certain foods or being exposed to certain inhalants.

Sample Required?

A blood sample will be taken from a vein in your arm.

When You should get Tested.

You should get your child tested if you suspect that they have a food or inhalant allergy or if they have been diagnosed with a food or inhalant allergy and need to identify the specific allergen.

Test Preparation

The patient should avoid eating or drinking anything for at least 8-12 hours before the test.

Full Blood Count

Fish & Shellfish Panel:

This test helps identify allergic reactions to different types of fish and shellfish, which are common food allergens.

The panel includes Crab F23, Shrimp F24, Mussel F37, Lobster F80, Cod F3, Tuna F40, Salmon F41, Haddock F42, Total IgE

Why You should get Tested.

You should get tested if you experience symptoms such as hives, itching, swelling, difficulty breathing, or digestive issues after eating fish or shellfish.

inhalants.

Sample Required?

A blood sample will be taken from a vein in your arm.

When You should get Tested.

This test is usually performed when an individual suspects they may be allergic to fish or shellfish or has a history of severe allergic reactions.

Test Preparation

Avoid consuming fish or shellfish for at least two weeks before the test.

Full Blood Count

Antibiotics Panel:

This test helps identify allergic reactions to antibiotics such as Penicillin G C1, Penicillin V C2, Ampicillin C5, Amoxicillin C6, Cefaclor C7, Total IgE, which are commonly prescribed medications.

Why You should get Tested.

You should get tested if you have had an allergic reaction to antibiotics in the past or if you have an infection and need to take antibiotics.

Sample Required?

A blood sample will be taken from a vein in your arm.

When You should get Tested.

This test is usually performed before prescribing antibiotics or when an individual has a history of an allergic reaction to antibiotics.

Test Preparation

You should not take antibiotics for at least two weeks before the test.

Full Blood Count

Inhalants Profile:

This test helps identify allergic reactions to common inhalants such as Aspergillus M3, Silver Birch T3, Cat Dander E1, Common Ragweed W1, Dust Mite D1, Dog Dander E5, Timothy Grass G6, Total IgE

Why You should get Tested.

You should get tested if you experience symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, congestion, itchy eyes, or asthma-like symptoms.

Sample Required?

A blood sample will be taken from a vein in your arm.

When You should get Tested.

This test is usually performed when an individual suspects they may be allergic to inhalants or has a history of allergic reactions.

Test Preparation

Avoid taking antihistamines for at least three days before the test.

Full Blood Count

ALEX² Allergy Test

The Alex² Allergy Test screens for 282 different allergens from a single blood draw. A world leading comprehensive allergy test. ALEX screen includes grass and tree pollen including weeds, many types of house dust mites, plant food allergens such as peanut, soy, and chickpea, Cereals such as oat, rice, wheat, and maize, Spices including paprika, oregano, parsley and many more.

Fruits included in this allergy test include kiwi, apple, banana, avocado and Vegetables such as onion, garlic, celery, carrot, and tomato are all included. The nut components are comprehensive and include cashew, pecan, hazelnut, and pistachio. There are many seed allergies such as sunflower and poppy. In terms of animal food – this includes Milks, Eggs, Seafoods and meats. The insect and venoms include ant, bee, hornet, wasp, and cockroach. This allergy test also includes many animal origins such as dog, cat, rabbit, and farm animals such as cattle, goat, horse, and pig. This allergy test also includes other allergens such as latex and parasites.

Why You should get Tested.

You should get tested if you experience unexplained symptoms such as hives, itching, swelling, difficulty breathing, or digestive issues.

Sample Required?

A blood sample will be taken from a vein in your arm.

When You should get Tested.

This test is usually performed when an individual has a suspected allergy but is unsure of the cause.

Test Preparation

Avoid taking antihistamines for at least three days before the test.