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Expanded Food Allergy Panel

In people with allergies, the body produces antibodies against common foods that create the typical allergy symptoms we all know or have experienced.  The antibodies or mast cells produce histamine which causes the allergic response.  Although the reaction is based on a healthy bodily function designed to protect us from toxins in our food or in the environment, many allergies are so extreme as to cause anaphylactic shock and even death in extreme cases.

Not so long ago people, including many children, were subjected to hundreds of needle pricks containing different possible allergens to determine which ones caused the strongest reactions.  There is also a risk or a severe allergic reaction during this type of testing.  Research conducted in the 1970s has found that when the body experiences sensitivity or an allergy to a substance it produces antibodies that are specific to the allergen, called Immunoglobulin E (IgE) and these can be measured in the blood.  A simple blood draw can look for the specific antibodies to hundreds of substances using only one needle.

Test Details

The Expanded Food Allergy Panel (IgE) tests for allergies to 90 foods including:

  • 10 Dairy products including cow’s milk, cheeses, and eggs
  • 9 Grains including wheat, wheat gluten and hops
  • 32 Common fruits and vegetables including coconut, mushrooms, jalapenos and tomatoes
  • Meats and fish including shellfish, beef, chicken, shrimp, tuna and salmon
  • Herbs and spices including garlic, curry, sugar, pepper, cocoa and carob
  • Food additives such as baker’s yeast, ascorbic acid, aspartame, nitrates, guar, MSG and carrageenan
  • Nuts including peanuts

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Am I required to fast?

No, fasting is not required. There are no dietary or medicinal restrictions to take this test.

Is a doctor's order required?

No. You do not need to provide a doctor’s order to get lab testing done at Any Lab Test Now.

Do I need to make an appointment?

No. You can walk in for same day testing. We make it easy for you by offering work-friendly hours.

If I have questions about my tests results who should I contact?

We recommend you share your results with your physician.