The Purpose of a Food Allergy Profile Blood Test
In recent years, there’s been a growing awareness of food allergies in a wide array of categories, from dairy to fish. With these kinds of allergies, your immune system mistakenly thinks a specific food (or foods, in some cases) is an invader, like a germ. In response, the immune system produces immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. Mild attacks can lead to symptoms like a rash, stomach pain, or vomiting. More serious attacks, however, can have dangerous repercussions, leading up to anaphylactic shock, which can be life-threatening. A food allergy panel blood test can give you critical information on what foods are safe—and what foods you may need to avoid.
What Does the Food Allergy Profile Test Measure?
This test measures IgE levels for several different foods, including:
- Cow’s milk
- Egg whites
- Sesame seeds
Who Should Take an Allergy Food Profile Test?
You should consider taking a food panel allergy test if you:
- Have a family history of food allergies
- Experience allergy symptoms after eating. Common warning signs include a cough, rash, runny nose, or queasiness
- Have ever had an anaphylactic reaction after eating certain foods. This can include dizziness, a high heart rate, or difficulty breathing.
Allergen Panel Blood Test Preparation
There are no special instructions you need to follow before the food allergy profile blood test.
Food Allergy Panel Blood Test Results
Generally, elevated levels of IgE antibodies indicate a possible allergic reaction, but results vary by lab and the food that’s being tested. If you need medical guidance on how to live with food allergies, talk with a Personalabs board-certified doctor during a telehealth appointment.
Where Can I Get a Food Allergy Profile Test Near Me?
We have many food allergy tests for you to choose from in the Personalabs online store. Our allergy food profile test gives you a broad picture of several potential food allergies, but you can also find individual tests for everything from grains to legumes to shellfish. These tests give you the data you need to take care of your health and welfare, and they may even make the difference between life and death.
Just follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Buy your test and download the corresponding lab order. (You may not require a doctor’s authorization before you make the purchase; this will depend on the state where you live.)
Step 2: Use our website’s lab locator tool to find the closest facility to schedule your testing appointment. Our partnerships with Labcorp and Quest Diagnostics give you more than 4,000 locations to choose from across the country.
Step 3: Bring the test order to your appointment and complete your blood draw.
Step 4: Find your results in your private Personalabs account within 2 to 10 business days after testing. (If you have a specific time frame in mind, contact us and we will work with your lab to deliver the results as soon as possible.)
Browse all our tests at Personalabs today.