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Allergy Beef Fluorescence Assay Skin

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Allergy Beef Fluorescence Assay Skin

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What is this test?

Traditional allergy tests utilize the Skin Prick method (also known as a Puncture or Scratch test) to determine whether an allergic reaction will occur by inserting possible triggers into your skin using a needle prick. If you are allergic to the substance, you are forced to suffer through your body's reaction to the allergen. Beef, like all meat, is a high-protein food. It's not, however, 100-percent protein. Beef contains the carbohydrate galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose, commonly known as alpha-gal. Hives, or urticaria, are a common allergic response to beef. Skin itchiness in response to the histamines your body release during an allergic reaction is the first sign of the condition. Hives sit on the skin's surface as red, clearly defined welts. They often spread into large, inflamed areas. Hives subside on their own, sometimes for hours, only to reappear. Diphenhydramine, ceterizine or loratodine antihistamines effectively control hives. Angioedema, or angioneurotica edema, produces subsurface skin swelling. This allergic reaction to beef occurs most often on the face, especially in the eye and lip area. It also appears as spreading or linear inflammation of the throat, hands and feet. The swollen welts cause painful pressure, often without itching. Symptoms accompanying include abdominal or respiratory distress and swelling, or chemosis, of the inner eyelid or eye surface tissues. Chemosis can make closing the eyes impossible. Treatments for angioedema include antihistamines, cortisone-bases anti-inflammatories and the acid reflux medication ramitidine. Cool compresses on affected areas reduce angioedema and chemosis discomfort. Respiratory difficulty, however, requires immediate medical treatment. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction to beef. Unlike hives or angioedema, anaphylaxis involves all the body's systems and develops almost immediately following exposure to the beef allergen. Histamines flood from several types of tissue, closing off the airways. They may also cause abdominal cramps, dizziness or fainting, coughing, anxiety or irregular breath sounds. Anaphylaxis requires immediate medical treatment. Stopgap measures until help arrives include cardiopulmonary resuscitation and shock prevention measures. If you've tested positive for a beef allergy, ask your doctor about prescribing injectable epinephrine as an emergency anaphylaxis treatment. Keep it with you, along with a medical condition ID bracelet and a supply of chewable diphenhydramine tablets. The beef allergy can be confirmed in a hospital with an allergist, who diagnoses on the basis of complaints and examination of the patient. Varied skin and blood tests allow determining the form of the allergen. If the results of medical examination prove the existence of an allergy not only to one particular allergen but also to meat in general, the best remedy is to follow a pescovegetarian diet. It means a complete exclusion of meat products but fish is not under ban. The protein is vital components of a balanced diet for the human nutrition, so in the case of an allergy, it should be replaced with vegetables. The doctors advise eating more soy, beans and dairy products. If the allergic manifestations have already occurred, the allergist can prescribe only hormonal allergy medications, which are able to quickly remove the symptoms. If the illness is in an early stage of the development the following antihistamines are used: Zyrtec, Suprastin, Ksizal,Claritin, Advantan cream. The babies are treated with the help of ointments and gels (for skin reactions), nasal sprays and eye drops. Other medications like entero-sorbents, eliminate food allergy by accumulating toxins from the organism. In severe cases of intolerance to beef, immunomodulatory drugs can be assigned.

Test Preparation

No special preparation is needed for Allergy Beef Fluorescence Assay Skin. Inform your doctor if you are on any medications or have any underlying medical conditions or allergies before undergoing Allergy Beef Fluorescence Assay Skin. Your doctor depending on your condition will give specific instructions.

Understanding your test results

GenderAge groupsValue
UNISEXAll age groupsA wheal and flare reaction of atleast 3mm indicates that the patient is allergic to the substance
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