Food allergies affect about 32 million people in the US. In the U.S., it is estimated that each year there are 30,000 emergency room visits, 2,000 hospitalizations, and 150 deaths related to food allergy reactions.
Food Allergies are immediate reactions of the immune system that can occur within minutes of consuming the reactive food allergens. During an allergic reaction, the immune system feels the body is being threatened by the presence of a specific allergen and stimulates the production of IgE antibodies.
The IgE antibodies produced against the food allergens bind themselves to the basophils and mast cells in the body. Continuous exposure to the allergen activates this which releases histamine into the body through the surrounding tissue and bloodstream. Histamine release is the cause of the most common allergy symptoms. The symptoms of an allergic reaction to food can range from mild to severe and life-threatening.
About the test
A blood draw to help you detect and address the most common food allergens so you can take preventative measures to protect your health and start feeling better. The Food Allergen panel tests for 96 of the most common food allergens including peanut, milk, egg, shellfish, wheat, and fruits.
Food allergies are most common in babies and children, but they can appear at any age. You can even develop an allergy to foods you have eaten for years with no problems.
Which patients can benefit from the Food Allergy Panel?
Those with the following symptoms:
- Nasal congestion /runny nose
- Dry Cough
- Stomach pain
- Itchy mouth or ear canal
- Nausea or vomiting
- Odd taste in the mouth
- Tight, hoarse throat
- Swelling of the lips, tongue, and/or throat
- Trouble swallowing
- Shortness of breath /wheezing
- Pale or blue skin color
- Drop in blood pressure
- Loss of consciousness
- Chest pain
- Weak pulse
The Vibrant Advantage
- Unparalleled specificity and sensitivity with Vibrant's proprietary technology which detects antibodies to 96 different allergens.
- Validated and accredited science-backed testing and analysis based on rigorous, ongoing research by clinical experts.
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