Ginger Allergy Test
Ginger Allergy Test
This test measures a person's allergic reaction to ginger. Ginger is a popular spice made from the root of the Ginger plant which is native to parts of Asia but cultivated in other parts of the world as well. It is a common ingredient in recipes from Asian cultures as well as being used in a variety of baked goods and beverages. Ginger supplements are also used to treat nausea, respiratory problems, and arthritic pain. Ginger allergies are not common but people who have an allergic reaction will need to be careful about checking ingredients.
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 ginger. 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.