What is a Food Allergy Panel?
It is pretty common to have a reaction to certain foods – in most cases it’s an intolerance rather than a true allergy, but it is always good to double check. So why does it matter? Although they both have many similar symptoms, a food allergy can be more serious.
Your immune system controls how your body defends itself by identifying foreign invaders and attacking them. When your immune system identifies a foreign invader, it goes into overdrive by producing antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies travel to cells that release chemicals, causing an allergic reaction.
Each type of IgE has a specific “radar” of sorts for each type of allergen. That’s why some people are only allergic to one thing, while others have allergic reactions to multiple allergens, because they have many more IgE antibodies.
A Food Allergy Panel is a blood test which may be used to determine allergies and sensitivities to various foods. This blood test measures the presence of IgE antibodies to specific foods. IgE triggers food allergy symptoms, which can range from tingling, itching, or swelling of certain body parts to trouble breathing, nausea, or vomiting.
The basic Food Allergy Panel tests for allergies to foods includes:
- Shellfish (Lobster, shrimp, crab, scallop, codfish, blue mussel, salmon, tuna, and oyster)
- Peanut, walnut and sesame seed
- Egg whites
- Orange, strawberry and coconut
- Oats, wheat and corn
Once your allergy triggers are identified, your doctor can help establish a treatment plan that is right for you. While there is not yet a cure for allergic disease, your doctor can properly diagnose the problem and develop a plan to help you feel and live better.
When will I receive my results?
Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.
How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?
No preparation or fasting required. Just bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.