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Allergy Shrimp Enzyme Assay


Allergy Shrimp Enzyme Assay

Also known as Allergy Shrimp Enzyme Assay Blood
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What is this test?

This test is used to detect the presence of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies against shrimp in the blood. This test helps to know the immune response of the body towards shrimp.

What is Shrimp?

Shrimp belongs to the crustaceans group of shellfish. Shrimps are widespread and are thousands of species. They can be found near the seafloor, rivers, and lakes. They are very important in the food chain and a good source of food for larger animals in the water. They are also farmed by humans for several purposes.

Consumption of shrimp helps in weight loss and maintains good health. Shrimps contain phosphorous and vitamin-D. So, they promote good bone strength. They also help in skin protection against the sun, improve brain health and also protects against heart disease.

What is a Shrimp allergy?

Shrimp allergy is a type of allergy in which an individual is allergic to shrimp and may suffer from symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty in breathing, itches, skin rashes, fainting, lightheadedness, weak pulse, indigestion, repetitive cough, confusion, watery eyes, runny nose, throat tightness etc.

In severe allergic condition, an individual may suffer from life-threatening anaphylactic shock.

Why this test is performed?

This test is performed to check whether an individual is allergic to shrimp or not. The doctor may ask you to undergo this test if you are suffering from symptoms such as swelling, watery eyes, runny nose, repetitive cough, confusion, abdominal pain, difficulty in breathing, itches, fainting, weak pulse, etc.

Test Preparation

No special preparation is needed for Allergy Shrimp Enzyme Assay. Inform your doctor if you are on any medications or have any underlying medical conditions or allergies before undergoing Allergy Shrimp Enzyme Assay. Your doctor depending on your condition will give specific instructions.

Understanding your test results

The test results may be different depending on gender, age, and health conditions. Inform your doctor if you have any other allergies.

Generally, there is no need for medical interventions if test results are normal.

If your test results show high levels of IgE antibodies than the given normal reference range, it may indicate that the person is most likely to have a shrimp allergy.

If your test results are lower than the normal reference range, it may indicate that the person is not having a shrimp allergy.

Based on the test results, your doctor may advise appropriate medical treatments, lifestyle modifications, or further diagnostic tests.

GenderAge groupsValue
UNISEXAll age groupsIncreased IgE (>100kU/l) is seen if the person is allergic to the specific substance
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