Alternaria Alternata Allergy Blood Test
Test Code: 602455
Specimen Type: Blood
Alternaria Alternata Allergy Blood Test (Labcorp)
This test measures a person's allergic reaction to Alternaria Alternata. Alternaria alternate is the most common species of Alternaria fungus. It usually grows outdoors on a variety of plants and trees but it can thrive indoors in dark moist environments. Spores from Alternaria can trigger allergy symptoms in people, especially those with underlying respiratory conditions. Spore counts are typically highest in the spring and fall seasons. Common allergy symptoms include sneezing, coughing, runny nose, itchy watery eyes, and skin rash. People with a severe allergy or conditions like asthma may develop a serious lung condition known as Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis (ABPA). ABPA is caused when the body's immune response leads to inflammation of the lungs, tightening of airways, and buildup of mucus. Common symptoms include difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing with mucus that is a brownish color, coughing up blood, chest pain or tightness, fever, weakness, and fatigue. People with positive results on an allergy test should consult their doctor to determine an effective treatment.
Allergies are caused by a reaction in the body's immune system. The body identifies certain substances as harmful and produces IgE antibodies against them. The severity of the allergy will vary from one person to the next. Blood allergy testing provides numerical results for IgE antibody levels to help determine how severe a reaction a person will have.
Testing is typically ordered when a person is experiencing symptoms of an allergic reaction. For more testing options, please see out Allergy Testing Category.
Results for this test typically take 2-5 business days.
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