Honey Allergy Test
Honey Allergy Test
This test measures a person's allergic reaction to honey. Honey is a natural sweetener made by bees from the nectar of flowering plants. When someone experiences an allergic reaction after eating honey it could be due to several factors. You could be allergic to the honey itself or you might be having a reaction to pollen from one or more types of plants that is in the honey. If you have a honey allergy, it is important to check the ingredients of items that may contain honey such as candy, chocolate, cereals, and baked goods. Since honey also contains secretions form the bees that produce it, if you are allergic to honey, you may also have an allergy to the venom from a bee sting.
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 ingesting honey. For more options, please see our allergy testing category.
Turnaround for this test is typically 2-5 business days.