Inhalent Allergen (IgE) Testing
Allergy is widespread and affects approximately a quarter of the population in the UK at some time in their lives.
The term allergy is used to describe a condition where the immune system over reacts to a substance which is not normally harmful in itself. The result can range from a collection of inconvenient symptoms to a disease or even a life threatening reaction.
An allergic person’s immune system believes normally unharmful substances, known as allergens, can be damaging so it produces a special type of antibody (IgE) to attack the invading material. This stimulates other fighting blood cells to release further chemicals such as histamine which together cause the symptoms of an allergic reaction.
The most common symptoms of an inhalent allergy are:
- Runny nose
- Itchy eyes, ears, lips, throat and palate
- Severe wheezing
- Shortness of breath
- Sinus problems
- A sore palate
- Mouth ulcers
- Nettle-like rash
- Sickness, vomiting, & diarrhoea
- Increase in secretions
In addition conditions such as asthma, eczema, IBS and headaches as well as symptoms diffuse symptoms such as lethargy, loss of concentration and sensitivity to everyday foods are also considered to have an allergy component.
Some of the more common allergens are:
- Pollen from trees and grasses
- House dust mites
- Pets such as cats and dogs
- Insects like wasps and bees
- Industrial and household chemicals
- Foods such as eggs, milk, gluten and nuts
What is being tested
- Tree pollens - Birch, Oak, Elm, Maple, Walnut
- Grass pollens - Orchard, Timothy, Rye, M. Fescue, June
- Weed Pollens – Ragweed, Mugwort, Plantain, Lamb quarter, Russian thistle
- Moulds – Aspergillus fumigatus, Candida Albicans, Cladosporium herbarum, penicillin notatum, Alterrnaia tenius
- Dust Mites - D. Pteronyssinus, D. Farinae, D. Mixroceras
- Animals -Dog epithelium, Cat epithelium, Horse epithelium, Cow epithelium
Blood test -blood draw required
Before taking this test
No special requirements