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Allergy Broccoli Enzyme Assay Skin

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Allergy Broccoli Enzyme Assay Skin

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What is this test?

An allergy to broccoli develops when a person's immune system erroneously determines that the broccoli is a foreign and potentially harmful substance. The immune system forms antibodies known as immunoglobulin E, or IgE, to the broccoli. When the person later ingests broccoli again, the IgE responds to the presence of the food and releases chemicals that result in the symptoms of an allergic reaction. Symptoms of broccoli allergy typically occur minutes to an hour after the ingestion of broccoli or a food that contains broccoli. These symptoms include tingling or itching of the mouth, a skin rash or hives, swelling of the lips, hands or feet, difficulty breathing, cough, nausea, vomiting and dizziness. Any combination or all of these symptoms may occur in the setting of an allergic reaction. A severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis can also occur. This is a life-threatening reaction that involves throat constriction, difficulty breathing, and dizziness with decreased blood pressure. The primary treatment for broccoli allergy is avoidance of broccoli and any food products containing broccoli. In the event of an accidental exposure, an antihistamine such as benadryl can be used for a localized skin reaction such as itching. If injectable epinephrine is used, the person should immediately go to the emergency department for further evaluation.

Test Preparation

No special preparation is needed for Allergy Broccoli Enzyme Assay Skin. Inform your doctor if you are on any medications or have any underlying medical conditions or allergies before undergoing Allergy Broccoli Enzyme 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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