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Allergy Orange Fluorescence Assay Skin


Allergy Orange Fluorescence Assay Skin

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What is this test?

Allergy orange skin test is used to test the sensitization of your skin to the orange. This test helps in knowing the immune response to the orange and its products. In this test, your skin is slightly pricked and introduced to the orange contents.

What is an orange allergy?

Orange is a citrus fruit which belongs to the Rutaceae family. All citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C. Oranges are full of nutrients and low in calories. They are available all over the world. It has a wide range of benefits. Orange allergy may happen when the immune system mistakes the proteins in the cells of orange for a foreign substance. Then the body produces a reaction similar to the one created during an attack of bacteria or virus. The symptoms of orange allergy include intense itching of lips, tongue, throat, skin rashes, burning sensation, blisters, reddening and swelling of the lips and gums, hives, flushed skin, swollen throat, mouth, etc.

Sometimes the allergic reactions can be life-threatening causing narrowing of the airways, making it difficult to breathe. Very less often orange allergy may cause 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.

Foods to be avoided:

Since orange is a citrus fruit, other citrus fruits like lemons, grapefruits, etc should also be avoided. Avoid citrus fruit juices, freshly pickled citrus, citrus fruit seeds or rinds, citrus zest is often added while baking and to the salads hence carefully check the ingredients before consuming. Also, avoid unripe citrus fruits because unripe citrus is more irritant than ripened fruit. Artificially-flavored sweets and vitamin C supplements usually use citrus flavoring hence avoid them as well.

Why this test is recommended?

This test may be recommended to you if you experience symptoms like intense itching of lips, tongue, throat, skin rashes, burning sensation, blisters, reddening and swelling of the lips and gums, hives, flushed skin, swollen throat, mouth, etc. This test may also be recommended to monitor the effectiveness of the treatment given for the orange allergy.

Test Preparation

Inform your doctor if you are on any medications, have any allergies or underlying medical conditions before your Allergy Orange Fluorescence Assay Skin. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for Allergy Orange Fluorescence Assay Skin.

No specific preparation is required for this orange allergy skin test.

Understanding your test results

After getting exposed to orange contents if you develop hives, which are raised bumps at the test location that are at least 3mm in size may indicate that you have an allergy to orange.

If there is no reaction or hives present on the skin after getting exposed to the orange contents then it may indicate that you are not allergic to orange.

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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