The species is distributed throughout Europe, western Asia and North Africa, and has been introduced in western North America, Australia and parts of South America. Nettle pollen frequently induces asthma, allergic rhinitis and allergic conjunctivitis. Allergen-specific IgE to Urtica has also been detected due to occupational sensitisation. A plant species of the genus Urtica, family urticaceae, the roots of which have been used to treat prostatic hyperplasia. After brief heating to remove a stinging after taste the leaves can be eaten. Urtica dioica is also known as stinging nettle or common nettle. Urticaria (also known as nettle rash or hives) is a concentration of weals which are usually accompanied by redness of the skin. The weals are swellings of the upper skin layer measuring a few millimetres to a few centimetres. These skin reactions are accompanied by itching that is often intense and is made even worse by scratching.
No special preparation is needed for Allergy Nettle Fluorescence Assay. Inform your doctor if you are on any medications or have any underlying medical conditions or allergies before undergoing Allergy Nettle Fluorescence Assay. Your doctor depending on your condition will give specific instructions.
|UNISEX||All age groups||Increased IgE (>100kU/l) is seen if the person is allergic to the specific substance|