Tea Allergy Test
Tea Allergy Test
This test measures a person's allergic reaction to tea. Tea is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world. Tea allergies are not common but they do occur. Most people who are allergic to tea will have difficulty with most if not all varieties of tea since they are nearly all made from different varieties of the same plant. Allergy symptoms can develop anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours after ingestion. Common symptoms 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. It is important to distinguish if the allergy is to the tea itself or to something added to the sea such as herbs, spices, lemon, milk, dairy substitutes, honey, or other flavorings.
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.
Tea allergy testing is typically ordered when a person experiences symptoms of an allergic reaction after drinking tea. For more testing options, please see out Allergy Testing Category.
Results for this test typically take 3-5 business days.
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.