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Allergy Water Melon Enzyme Assay Skin

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Allergy Water Melon Enzyme Assay Skin

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What is this test?

This test helps to find whether an individual is allergic to watermelon or not. In this test, a solution containing allergen watermelon is applied to the skin. Then the applied area of the skin is pricked with a lancet needle.

What is Watermelon and its benefits?

Watermelon is a tasty, refreshing and low-calorie fruit that contains vitamin-C, vitamin-A and many other healthy compounds like potassium, magnesium and vitamin-B1, B5, etc. It has 92% of water and thus helps to hydrate the body. It also has several health benefits like reducing heart diseases, lowering inflammation and oxidative stress, relieve muscle soreness, good for skin and hair, prevent the macular degeneration and can improve digestion.

Some watermelon compounds such as cucurbitacin E and lycopene have the potential to prevent cancer. But the studies show a mixed result.

What is Watermelon allergy?

Watermelon allergy is a type of allergy in which an individual is allergic to the watermelon and may suffer from symptoms such as stomach pain and cramps, shortness of breath, wheezing, cough, hives, itchy tongue, vomiting, nausea, swelling of face and throat, low blood pressure, dizziness, etc.

Why this test is performed?

This test is performed to check whether an individual is allergic to watermelon or not. The doctor may ask you to undergo this test if you are suffering from symptoms such as a cough, hives, itchy tongue, stomach pain and cramps, vomiting, nausea, shortness of breath, wheezing, swelling of face and throat, low blood pressure, dizziness, etc.

Test Preparation

No special preparation is needed for Allergy Water Melon Enzyme Assay Skin. Inform your doctor if you are on any medications or have any underlying medical conditions or allergies before undergoing Allergy Water Melon Enzyme Assay Skin. 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 the test results are negative it may indicate that there is no wheal and flare type reaction. So, the individual is not allergic to watermelon.

Wheal-and-flare reaction is the swelling and redness of the skin.

In case the test results are positive it may indicate that there is a wheal-and-flare type reaction on the skin. A wheal with a diameter of 3mm or more is generally considered as a positive result which means the individual is allergic to watermelon.

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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