Basil Allergy Test
Test Code: 602809
Specimen Type: Blood
Basil Allergy Test
This test measures a person's allergic reaction to basil. Allergies to basil are rare but do affect some people. Basil is an herb that is originally native to central Africa and Southeast Asia. It is used to flavor or season a variety of recipes. People who are allergic will need to check ingredients to ensure that they are not putting their health at risk.
Allergy symptoms can develop anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours after ingestion. Common food allergy symptoms include rash, hives, itching, cough, wheezing, tightening of the throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, and lightheadedness. People with a severe allergy may experience anaphylaxis which can be fatal.
Food 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. These antibodies trigger the release of histamine which causes the symptoms of an allergic reaction. 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. Positive allergy test results should be discussed with a person's doctor to determine the appropriate follow-up.
This test is typically ordered when someone experiences allergy symptoms shortly after eating something containing basil. For more options, please see our allergy testing category.
Turnaround for this test is typically 2-5 business days.
Where can I find a Basil Allergy Test near me?
Check our lab finder to locate a collection site in your area.
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.