Dust Mite Allergy Test
Dust Mite Allergy Test
This test is used to measure a person's allergic reaction to Dermatophagoides Farinae, commonly known as American Dust Mites. Dust Mites are microscopic arthropods that have a similar physical appearance to spiders. They feed on dead skin cells and are most commonly found in areas such as carpeting, furniture, and bedding, where skin cells can accumulate. Dust mites are found all over the world but are most prevalent in environments that are warm and humid. While the mites do not typically bite and are not harmful to humans, they can trigger allergic reactions. Allergies can be to the mites themselves, their skin particles, or their feces. Even with regular cleaning, it can be extremely difficult to entirely remove dust mites from an environment because they reproduce quickly and burrow deep into soft surfaces such as upholstery and carpet fibers. Dust mite allergies typically cause symptoms that are common to other airborne allergens like pollen. Common symptoms include sneezing, coughing, stuffy or runny nose, itchy watery eyes, red itchy skin, and wheezing. People with asthma or other respiratory conditions may experience more severe symptoms such as chronic cough, chest pain, difficulty breathing, and wheezing.
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.
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Results for this test typically tale 3-5 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.
This test does not require any special preparation.