Sesame Seed Allergy
Sesame Seed Allergy
This test measures a person's allergic reaction to sesame seeds. Sesame seed allergy is estimated to affect hundreds of thousands of people in the US. Sesame seeds are sesame oil are used in a variety of food products. People who are allergic will need to be cautious and check the ingredients of products such as cereal, granola, baked goods, processed meats, sushi, margarine, dips, salad dressings, herbal tea, and vegetarian meat substitutes. Sesame oil is also used in some types of cosmetics, medications, and dietary supplements. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can develop within minutes to hours after consumption. Common symptoms of an allergic reaction include tingling in the mouth, hives, itching, rash, swelling of the lips, tongue, or throat, difficulty breathing, flushed skin, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting. A severe allergic reaction can sometimes cause anaphylaxis which may be life-threatening.
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.
Sesame seed allergy testing is typically ordered when a person experiences symptoms of an allergic reaction after consuming sesame seeds or products containing sesame seeds or sesame oil. Request A Test also offers a Food Allergy Panel 2 and Food Allergy Panel 3 which include sesame seeds as well as other common food allergens. For more testing options, please see out Allergy Testing Category.
Results for this test typically take 3-5 business days.