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Basic Food Sensitivity

Basic Food Sensitivity

Test Includes Codfish; cow's milk; egg white; peanut; soybean; wheat

Food allergies are adverse immune system reactions to specific proteins found in certain foods. When someone with a food allergy consumes or comes into contact with an allergenic food, their immune system mistakenly identifies these proteins as threats and releases antibodies, primarily immunoglobulin E (IgE), to combat them. This immune response triggers a range of symptoms that can vary from mild (such as hives and digestive discomfort) to severe (anaphylaxis, a life-threatening reaction that affects multiple organ systems).

A food allergy profile is a blood test that measures the levels of IgE antibodies in the bloodstream in response to specific food allergens. It is a valuable tool in the diagnosis and management of food allergies. eNational’s basic food allergen profile measures IgE antibodies in response to six common food allergens: codfish, egg white, milk, peanut, soybean, and wheat.

Who should take this test?

A food allergy profile is often used to confirm suspected food allergies. It is appropriate for individuals who exhibit symptoms of allergic reactions (including hives, itching, swelling, gastrointestinal distress, and difficulty breathing) after consuming specific foods.

Blood tests are just one tool in the diagnosis of food allergies and are often used in conjunction with other diagnostic methods, such as skin prick tests and oral food challenges. Food allergy profiles can be used to identify potential allergens before conducting oral food challenges, which are used to assess tolerance to specific foods under medical supervision.

What is included in this test?

This blood test screens for IgE antibodies to:

  • Codfish
  • Egg white
  • Milk
  • Peanut
  • Soybean
  • Wheat

How will taking this test benefit me?

Pinpointing which foods trigger an immune response is essential for effective management of food allergies. Proper management may include dietary restrictions and carrying emergency medications, such as epinephrine, for severe allergic reactions.

Basic Food Sensitivity


Results available in: 3-4 Days
Specimen Type: blood draw

Test Includes Codfish; cow's milk; egg white; peanut; soybean; wheat

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