This blood test is done to see if a person has an allergic reaction to foods containing wheat. Allergic reactions can come from ingesting products containing wheat or inhaling wheat flour. The Wheat Allergy test looks for IgE antibodies which the body develops in response to proteins found in wheat. Wheat is one of the most common allergies in the United States and is found is many products such as bread, cookies, crackers, pasta, cereal, beer, ketchup, hard candy, ice cream, cold cuts and hotdogs. It is important to note that a wheat allergy is not the same as Celiac Disease.
Typical symptoms of wheat allergy include swelling, itching or irritation around the mouth or throat, headache, nasal congestion, itchy or watery eyes, hives or rash, stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and difficulty breathing. Some people may experience more severe reactions including swelling of the throat, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting or severe breathing problems.
This test is usually ordered when someone has symptoms of an allergic reaction after eating products containing wheat or has parents with similar food allergies.
Turnaround for the Wheat Allergy Test is typically 3-6 business days.
Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
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