Insulin Allergy Test

Human Insulin


Test Code: 602652
Specimen Type: Blood

Description:

Insulin Allergy Test

This test is used to measure a person's allergic reaction to insulin.  Insulin is a hormone that helps regulate sugar in the blood.  People who have diabetes are not able to produce or effectively use their own insulin.  Diabetics sometimes use injections of insulin to help manage their condition.  Some people may find that they have an adverse reaction to the insulin molecule itself or to preservatives or amino acids added to the insulin.  Cases on insulin allergy are rare but can make managing diabetes more complicated for people who have them.  People with Insulin allergies will need to consult their doctor.  In some cases, switching to a different type of insulin will resolve the problem.  Sometimes antihistamine or steroid treatment may be needed to help reduce the allergic response. 

Allergic reactions to insulin can occur within minutes to hours after injection.  Symptoms can range from mild with irritation or swelling around the injection site to severe with a rash throughout the body, hives, low blood pressure, or shortness of breath.  Severe allergies can cause anaphylaxis which can be fatal.  An insulin allergy test measures IgE antibodies to help determine if a person has an allergy and how severe it is.

Testing is typically ordered when a person experiences allergy symptoms after taking insulin.  The results of this test should be discussed with a person's doctor to help determine the appropriate followup.

Turnaround for results is typically 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.

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Insulin Allergy Test

Human Insulin


Test Code: 2760
Specimen Type: Blood

Description:

Insulin Allergy Test

This test is used to measure a person's allergic reaction to insulin.  Insulin is a hormone that helps regulate sugar in the blood.  People who have diabetes are not able to produce or effectively use their own insulin.  Diabetics sometimes use injections of insulin to help manage their condition.  Some people may find that they have an adverse reaction to the insulin molecule itself or to preservatives or amino acids added to the insulin.  Cases on insulin allergy are rare but can make managing diabetes more complicated for people who have them.  People with Insulin allergies will need to consult their doctor.  In some cases, switching to a different type of insulin will resolve the problem.  Sometimes antihistamine or steroid treatment may be needed to help reduce the allergic response. 

Allergic reactions to insulin can occur within minutes to hours after injection.  Symptoms can range from mild with irritation or swelling around the injection site to severe with a rash throughout the body, hives, low blood pressure, or shortness of breath.  Severe allergies can cause anaphylaxis which can be fatal.  An insulin allergy test measures IgE antibodies to help determine if a person has an allergy and how severe it is.

Testing is typically ordered when a person experiences allergy symptoms after taking insulin.  The results of this test should be discussed with a person's doctor to help determine the appropriate followup.

Turnaround for results is typically 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.

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