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Do you suffer from symptoms such as sneezing, watery eyes, breathing difficulties, itchy skin, nausea and vomiting, or diarrhea? This could be caused by an allergic reaction. Learn your body’s response to common allergens that may be triggering symptoms. This home test checks the body’s IgE antibody response to 295 allergens, relating to 167 specific allergies and possible cross-reactions.
Test for: 295 allergens
Test method: Finger prick test
- Easy to use from home
- Professional analysis in a medically certified laboratory
About the test
About the test
This test measures IgE reactivity to 295 different allergens relating to 167 specific allergies. The level of IgE response to an allergen accompanied with physical symptoms (runny nose, itchy skin, etc.) can indicate a potential allergy. The result of this test can be used by a doctor, potentially in conjunction with other tests, to make an allergy diagnosis.
What is the allergy test process?
This blood test requires a sample obtained from a finger prick. The test kit will be delivered to your home and contains all materials needed to complete the sample. To collect the sample, you must prick yourself using the enclosed disposable lancets and deposit a small quantity of blood into the provided blood collection tube. After collecting the sample, send the materials to one of our certified partner laboratories by using the prepaid return envelope. Once the test results are available, they will be reviewed by a doctor and shared with you.
How does an allergy test work?
After collecting your blood sample and returning it to our laboratory, it will be analyzed for the amount of IgE antibodies produced against different allergens. An IgE antibody response to an allergen may indicate an allergy.
Does this test control for cross-reactions?
Cross-reactions in allergies occur when the proteins in one allergen are similar to proteins in another allergen. This can mean that the IgE antibodies that are produced against one allergen may also bind to other allergens, creating an allergic response. For example, someone with a tree pollen allergy may also experience a reaction to apples, as these allergens are very similar.
Homed-IQ’s allergy tests take many known cross-reactions into account by examining the specific components that make up an allergen, allowing for differentiations to be made between similar allergens. While this reduces the likelihood of your test results being affected by cross-reactivity, certain test results may require additional analysis due to potential cross-reactions. Therefore, we always recommend that you discuss all test results with an allergy specialist.
What are allergies?
Allergies occur when the body’s immune system reacts abnormally after being exposed to certain harmless substances that it perceives as a threat. These substances are known as allergens. During this reaction, your immune system releases a number of chemicals to protect the body and prevent the spread of the allergen, causing allergic reaction symptoms. These symptoms can include a runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, skin rashes, digestive problems, and in rare cases, life-threatening anaphylactic shock.
About 25% of the population is affected by allergies, but in many cases they do not even know that they suffer from an allergy. Only an early and accurate allergy diagnosis can help prevent secondary diseases and complications such as allergic asthma by identifying and avoiding appropriate allergens. Allergic reactions can occur in response to a variety of substances, such as food, medications, pollen, dust, or animals. Allergies to substances that are not easily seen in our environment, like pollen or certain trees, can be particularly hard to identify and may be generalised as “hayfever”. However, knowing the specific allergens you are sensitive to can help you avoid exposure and reduce chronic symptoms of allergies. Only a very large test panel makes it possible to precisely narrow down the triggering allergen.
What are IgE antibodies?
Immunoglobulin E (IgE) are antibodies produced by the immune system, usually in response to invaders such as bacteria or viruses. During an allergic reaction, the immune system reacts to non-harmful substances (allergens) by producing IgE antibodies that can bind to a specific allergen. Testing the levels of IgE antibodies in your blood that bind to certain allergens can indicate whether your body has an allergy to that substance. The amount of IgE antibodies in your blood cannot indicate what symptoms will occur in response to an allergen or their severity, but can point to potential allergy triggers that should be investigated further.
This test assesses your IgE reactivity to 295 common allergens using a simple finger-prick blood sample that can be taken from home. The results of this test can be used to make efforts to remove the allergen from your home, diet, and immediate surroundings, as well as guide allergy treatment to alleviate symptoms.
What allergies are tested?
|Grass pollen||Bermuda grass, Rye grass, Bahia grass, Timothy grass, Reed grass, Perennial grass, Cultivated rye, Pollen|
|Tree pollen||Acacia, Alder, Tree of Heaven, Silver birch, Paper mulberry, Hazel pollen, Sugi, Cypress, Beech, Ash, Walnut pollen, Mountain cedar, Mulberry, Olive, Date palm, London plane tree, Cottonwood, Elm|
|Weed pollen||Common pigweed, Ragweed, Mugwort, Hemp, Lamb’s quarter, Annual mercury, Wall pellitory, Ribwort, Russian thistle, Nettle|
|House dust and storage mites||American house dust mite, European house dust mite, Acarus siro, Blomia tropicalis, Glycyphagus domesticus, Lepidoglyphus destructor, Tyrophagus putrescentiae|
|Yeast and moulds||Malassezia sympodialis, Yeast, Alternaria alternata, Aspergillus fumigatus, Cladosporium herbarum, and Penicillium chrysogenum|
|Legumes||Peanut, Chickpea, Soy, Lentil, White bean, Pea|
|Cereals||Oat, Quinoa, Common buckwheat, Barley, Lupine seed, Rice, Millet, Cultivated rye, Wheat, Spelt, Maize|
|Spices||Paprika, Caraway, Oregano, Parsley, Anise, Mustard|
|Vegetables||Onion, Garlic, Celery, Carrot, Potato and Tomato|
|Fruits||Kiwi, Papaya, Orange, Melon, Fig, Strawberry, Apple, Mango, Banana, Avocado, Cherry, Peach, Pear, Blueberry, Grapes|
|Nuts and seeds||Cashew, Brazil nut, Pecan, Hazelnut, Walnut, Macadamia, Pistachio, Almond, Pumpkin seed, Sunflower seed, Poppy seed, Sesame, Fenugreek seeds|
|Milk||Cow milk, Camel milk, Goat milk, Horse milk, Sheep milk|
|Egg||Chicken egg white, chicken egg yolk|
|Meat||Cricket, Beef, Horse, Chicken, Grasshopper, Turkey, Rabbit, Sheep, Pork, Mealworm|
|Insect venom||Fire ant, Honey bee, Hornet, Paper wasp, Wasp, German cockroach, American cockroach|
|Pets||Dog, Guinea pig, Cat, Mouse, Rabbit, Hamster, Rat|
|Farm animals||Cattle, Goat, Horse, Sheep, Pig|
|Fish and Seafood||Herring worm, Crab, Herring, Brown shrimp, Carp, Atlantic cod, Lobster, Shrimp, Squid, Common mussel, Oyster, Scallop, Black Tiger Shrimp, Thornback ray, Clam, Salmon, Atlantic mackerel, Tuna, Swordfish|
|Other||Latex, Weeping fig, Hom s Lactoferrin, Pigeon tick|
About the test result
What does the result mean?
The results of this test show whether certain allergens cause an IgE immune reaction, indicating a potential allergy to that item. The results of this test can be discussed with a doctor to make a definitive allergy diagnosis.
What will the test result look like?
The test result comes in a downloadable laboratory report. The report is divided into three parts:
- The first part of the report includes an overview of all the allergies tested and your individual reactivity level to them. The allergies are grouped by categories, such as pollen, insects, nuts and seeds, and animals.
- The second part of the report lists all the relevant allergens related to each allergy that your body was reactive to, and your specific reactivity levels for each allergen. For example, for those that demonstrated IgE reactivity to “grass pollen”, the allergy is further broken down into six allergens, showing your individual reactivity to each. This allows you to pinpoint the specific allergens that may be causing your symptoms.
- The third section of the report provides advice regarding the allergens you are reactive to and ways in which to avoid them or reduce your risk of severe allergic reaction. Avoiding allergens is only advised once the allergy is diagnosed by a medical professional. Follow-up testing with an allergist to test if physical symptoms occur is needed to diagnose an allergy.
Does this test show intolerances?
This test can only measure antibody reactions caused by allergies. Food intolerances can sometimes cause similar symptoms to food allergies, which is why they are often confused. The biggest difference between a food allergy and intolerance, such as the difference between a gluten allergy and intolerance, is that allergies are mediated by the immune system. Food intolerances do not cause any IgE reaction and may be caused by a lack of certain digestive enzymes (such as lactose intolerance), irritable bowel syndrome, or sensitivity to food additives (Li, 2022). Symptoms from food intolerances are often milder than allergies, and in some cases the individual can consume small amounts of the trigger food without a reaction.
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Frequently asked questions
Can you see an allergy in blood?
Blood tests are one way to detect and diagnose allergies. Allergy blood tests measure the amount of allergen-specific IgE antibodies in the blood. If IgE antibodies are elevated for a specific allergen it may mean that you have an allergy. Allergy blood tests are recommended if skin testing is not possible, such as if a large number of allergens need to be tested or there is a risk of a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). Blood testing for allergies is a valuable testing method that is easy to use. However, there is always a chance of false negative or positive results, particularly for allergens known for cross-reactivity. All test results from an allergy blood test should be confirmed with a healthcare professional before an allergy diagnosis can be made.
How long does it take to obtain my allergy test result?
Once the sample has reached our laboratory, results can be obtained in a matter of hours. Generally, it usually takes a total of 2-4 weeks for the results to be made available.
What causes allergies?
The cause of allergies is still unclear, but there are many theories. One possibility, according to researchers, is genetics. Many studies have found that allergies can be hereditary, meaning children are more likely to have allergies if their parents had them too. Diet and environmental factors, including exposure to allergens during childhood, are also believed to play a role in allergy development, but there is no conclusive evidence on exactly how this occurs.
What are allergies?
Allergies are strong, immediate immune reactions to a particular substance, also known as an allergen. Allergens can include foods, medications, pollens, dust mites, or spores. This reaction causes a release of histamines and IgE antibodies, prompting symptoms such as hives, difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, tingling mouth, and swelling of the eyes, lips, tongue, and throat.
Is this an allergy test?
Yes, this is a test for IgE-mediated allergy response. Non-IgE mediated reactions, such as food sensitivities or intolerances, cannot be measured by this test. The results of this test indicate IgE reactivity to certain allergens. However, it is possible elevated IgE levels are not associated with allergy symptoms. The results of this test should be interpreted with whether symptoms occur after exposure to the allergen. Allergy diagnosis should be confirmed with a doctor who can review your history of symptoms, and not from test results alone.