This IgE allergy test panel uses a blood sample to determine if you are allergic to five common shellfish allergens: Clam, Crab, Lobster, Shrimp. More Americans are allergic to seafood than any other food. In the case of shellfish allergies, the body sees the shellfish as a toxin, rather than a food. The immune system reacts by releasing histamines and antibodies to fight the toxin, causing symptoms include itching, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, hives, swelling of the throat and tongue, dizziness, and even a weak pulse. Shellfish allergies can be very severe and sometimes even fatal. Allergic reactions to shellfish send more food-allergic people to hospital emergency rooms than any other food allergen. Shellfish are classified in two groups: crustaceans (with an outer exoskeleton that you crack or peel, like a crab) and mollusks (with a shell you open, like a clam). Most people who are allergic to one kind of shellfish are allergic to the other. 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.
No special preparation is needed for Allergy Sea Food Enzyme Assay. Inform your doctor if you are on any medications or have any underlying medical conditions or allergies before undergoing Allergy Sea Food Enzyme Assay. Your doctor depending on your condition will give specific instructions.
|All age groups
|Increased IgE (>100kU/l) is seen if the person is allergic to the specific substance