Melon (Honeydew) Allergy Blood Test
Test Code: 602737
Specimen Type: Blood
Melon (Honeydew) Allergy Blood Test (Labcorp)
This test measures a person's allergic reaction to Honeydew Melon. Allergies to melon are rare but do affect some people. People who are allergic to honeydew have a high likelihood of being allergic to other members of the melon or gourde family including cantaloupe, watermelon, and cucumber. Ragweed pollen, which has similar proteins to those found in melons, may also cause a reaction.
Allergy symptoms can develop anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours after ingestion or exposure. 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 honeydew or other types of melon. A Ragweed Related Allergy Panel that includes melon and other related allergens is also available. For more options, please see our allergy testing category.
Turnaround for this test is typically 2-5 business days.
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