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Ferret Allergy Test

Ferret Epithelium


Test Code: 2545
Specimen Type: Blood

Description:

Ferret Allergy Test

This test measures a person's allergic reaction to proteins in the skin, fur, saliva, urine, or feces of ferrets.  Ferrets are one of the most popular furred animals to be kept as pets in the United States after cats and dogs.  While it is possible to be allergic to any furred animal, ferrets give off less dander and shed less than other types of pets making them less of a problem for people who commonly suffer from animal allergies.  Common allergy symptoms include itchy watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, sore throat, itching, rash, and hives.  People with a severe reaction may have difficulty breathing and may experience anaphylaxis which can be fatal if not treated quickly.   

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 after being in contact with a ferret.  Testing can also be ordered before getting a ferret as a pet.  For more options, please see our allergy testing category.

Turnaround for this test is typically 2-5 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.

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