Allergy Milk Panel Test is used to measure the IgE antibodies in the blood to assess the sensitization to milk. This test helps in knowing the immune response to the milk and milk products.
What is milk allergy?
Milk allergy is a reaction to the milk, milk products or the products containing milk by the body’s immune response. This allergy is one of the most common allergies seen in children. Mostly milk allergy is caused by cow’s milk, other than cow’s milk goats or sheep or buffalos or other mammal’s milk also may cause milk allergy. This reaction is experienced soon after the intake of the milk or milk products.
Milk allergy symptoms which appear immediately include wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, itching or tingling sensation on the lips or mouth, swollen lips, tongue or throat, hives, vomiting, etc. Runny nose, watery eyes, abdominal cramps, loose stools, blood in stools, colic in infants, etc.
Sometimes milk allergy can be life-threatening causing narrowing of the airways, making it difficult to breathe. Milk is the most common food that causes an anaphylactic reaction. Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency condition which leads to facial flushing, itching, shock, sudden fall in blood pressure, constriction of airways, swollen throat, difficulty to breathe, etc.
Why is this test performed?
This test may be recommended to you if you are suspected to have a milk allergy. This test is also recommended if you experience certain symptoms like wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, itching or tingling sensation on the lips or mouth, swollen lips, swollen tongue or swollen throat, hives, vomiting, runny nose, watery eyes, abdominal cramps, loose stools, blood in stools, colic (severe pain in abdomen caused by gas in the intestines) in infants, etc. This test may also be performed to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment, if already diagnosed.
Inform your doctor if you are on any medications, have any allergies or underlying medical conditions before your Allergy Milk Panel Fluorescence Assay. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for Allergy Milk Panel Fluorescence Assay.
No specific preparation is required for this allergy milk test.
The normal reference range may vary depending on gender, age, health history, etc. If your test results show high levels of IgE antibodies than the given reference range, it may indicate that the person is most likely to have an allergy.
If your test results are lower than the reference range, it may indicate that the allergy is absent in the individual.
If you get abnormal test results, consult your doctor immediately. Your doctor may recommend other tests depending on your test results.
|UNISEX||All age groups||Increased IgE (>100kU/l) is seen if the person is allergic to the specific substance|