Nutmeg Allergy Blood Test
Nutmeg Allergy Blood Test (Labcorp)
This test measures a person's allergic reaction to nutmeg. Despite its name, nutmeg is actually a seed, not a nut. Nutmeg is typically ground to a powder and used as a seasoning. A variety of desserts and baked goods, as well as recipes from cultures such as India and Morocco, frequently contain nutmeg. Allergies to nutmeg are rare but they do occur. People with a nutmeg allergy may also be allergic to foods from the same family such as coriander, caraway, fennel, celery, garlic, onion, and chive.
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 products that contain nutmeg. For more options, please see our allergy testing category.
Turnaround for this test is typically 2-5 business days.
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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.