Sunflower Pollen Allergy Blood Test
Test Code: 602978
Specimen Type: Blood
Sunflower Pollen Allergy Blood Test (Labcorp)
This test measures a person's allergic reaction to the pollen from sunflowers. Sunflowers are native to Mexico but are currently grown all over the world. They possess a large central area that produces a copious amount of pollen which is easily dispersed. This makes them especially problematic for people who have pollen allergies. People who are allergic to sunflowers may also be allergic to other types of flower and tree pollen. If you have a sunflower allergy it is important to check ingredients as sunflower oil and seeds are used in a variety of products.
Allergies are caused by a reaction in the body's immune system. The body identifies certain substances, such as pollen, as harmful and produces IgE antibodies against them. These antibodies trigger the release of histamine which causes the symptoms of an allergic reaction. Common allergy symptoms include runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes or nose, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. 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 can be ordered by anyone who is concerned they may have a sunflower pollen allergy. An allergy test for sunflower seeds is also available. For more testing 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.