ALLERGY TESTING, MOLD PANEL

WHAT IS TESTED FOR IN A MOLD PANEL ALLERGY TEST?

The Mold Allergy Panel tests for allergies, to common indoor and outdoor molds such as Cladosporium (the most common airborne outdoor mold), Phoma (especially common during wet periods), Penicillium (a common indoor mold, not associated with the antibiotic) and yeast among others.

AM I REQUIRED TO FAST FOR THIS LAB TEST?

No.

WHAT IS THE PRICE FOR THE MOLD PANEL ALLERGY TEST? 

$129.00

Prices may vary.  Please contact your nearest ANY LAB TEST NOW location.

DESCRIPTION:

In people with allergies the body produces antibodies against common environmental substances 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 the environment, many allergies cause extreme suffering due to sneezing, congestion and sinus headaches.  Allergic rhinitis (an allergic inflammation of the nasal passages), red, itchy eyes and asthma can severely limit and restrict one’s lifestyle.  Mold spores frequently become airborne, and like pollen, can cause allergic disease.

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.  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.

WHY DO I NEED TO BE TESTED TO SEE IF I AM ALLERGIC TO CERTAIN MOLDS?

Do you have a frequent or constant stuffy nose, but you don’t know what to avoid?  Do you suffer from asthma attacks?

Up to 50 million Americans, including millions of children, suffer from allergies.  Allergies are a major cause of illness in the United States and can cause anaphylactic shock and death in severe cases.  The number of people who have severe allergies has risen dramatically in the past 20 years.  Each exposure to an allergen, for example a bee sting, can cause a stronger reaction leading ultimately to very serious consequences.  Because mold is prevalent in so many homes in many areas of the country you may be exposed on a daily basis in your home without being aware of it. Find out with one simple test what you are allergic to and prevent a severe allergic reaction or find out what you need to eliminate or change in your home.

 

WHAT TYPE OF PHYSICIAN SHOULD I SEE?

You should see a primary care physician or an allergy or asthma specialist.

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