What are Allergies?
Allergies affect as many as 30% of adults and 40% of children. Reactions to allergies can cause coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, a runny nose and a scratchy throat. In severe cases, allergic reactions can include rashes, hives, low blood pressure, breathing trouble, asthma attacks and even death.
What is Allergy Blood Testing?
Blood tests are helpful when it comes to allergy testing. Specific IgE blood testing can help to identify sensitization to allergic triggers in patients, without the need for a skin prick test. Allergy testing can help physicians understand how to limit a patient’s risk for another allergic reaction.
Regional Respiratory Profiles from BioReference
BioReference offers ImmunoCap regional respiratory profiles to help pinpoint specific allergens in a patient’s local area to help in targeted therapy, and to help identify areas patients should avoid where certain allergens are more prevalent.
Regional test profiles include sensitization testing for mites, epidermal, food, grass, insect, mold, tree and weeds, and are offered for the following territories:
- Region 1: Northeast Region (Includes: CT; MA; NJ; NY; PA; VT; ME; NH; RI)
- Region 2: Mid-Atlantic Region (Includes: DE; MD; VA; DC; NC)
- Region 3: Southeast Region (Includes: GA; SC; N. FL)
- Region 4: South Florida Region
- Region 10: TX and OK
- Region 11: Mountain Region (Includes AZ, ID, NM, WY, CO, UT)
- Region 12: South CA, and AZ Desert Region
- Region 13: South CA Coast Region
- Region 14: Central CA Region
- Region 17: North CA and Pacific Northwest Region (Includes: Northern CA; OR; WA)
Food Allergy Profile from BioReference
With ImmunoCap Allergen testing offered by BioReference, physicians can gain the necessary information to develop a patient’s dietary management plan and improve his or her quality of life. The multi-component food allergy profile can assess whether a patient reacts to common food allergies, including almond, cashew, hazelnut, walnut, peanut, sesame, cod fish, salmon, tuna, scallop, shrimp, milk, soybean and wheat.
Egg, Milk and Peanut Component Profiles from BioReference
In addition to abnormalities in the general food allergy profile, component testing looks at specific egg, milk and nut proteins to determine how likely a patient is to react to baked or raw products.
- Egg: 70% of children with egg allergy do not react to baked egg. Egg Allergen Component testing can help physicians determine the likelihood of reaction to products baked with egg, such as muffins or cookies, as well as inform the likelihood of allergy persistence.
- Milk: 75% of children with cow’s milk allergy do not react to baked milk. Milk Allergen Component testing can help physicians determine the likelihood of reaction to baked goods, such as cookies or cheese pizza, as well as the likelihood of allergy persistence.
- Peanut: 77.6% of patients sensitized to peanut may not be at risk for a systemic reaction. Peanut Allergen Component testing can help physicians define the likelihood of a systemic anaphylactic reaction and determine the need for prescribed precautions.
In most cases, allergies are mild, not life-threatening, and require few food restrictions, making them easier to live with and treat. Speak with your physician to confirm if testing is right for you.