Pumpkin Allergy Test
Test Code: 602786
Specimen Type: Blood
Pumpkin Allergy Test
This test measures a person's allergic reaction to Pumpkin. Pumpkins belong to the same family of gourds as squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and others. While allergies to pumpkins are not common, they do affect some people. Pumpkins contain similar proteins to some types of ragweed pollen so those with allergies to ragweed may also be allergic to pumpkin. Pumpkin flesh and seeds are used in a variety of products so people with an allergy should be careful to check ingredients.
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 pumpkin or products that contain pumpkin. For further options, please see our allergy testing category.
Turnaround for this test is typically 2-5 business days.
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