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Basic Food Allergy Panel

The Basic Food Allergy Panel determines whether or not you are allergic to various foods.

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The Basic Food Allergy Panel determines whether or not you are allergic to various foods. Food allergies occur when your immune system responds negatively to certain foods. Mild reactions might include sneezing or skin irritation, but severe reactions can be much scarier and potentially life-threatening. For this reason, it's important to know which foods to avoid and what to do should you accidentally consume something you're allergic to.

The Basic Food Allergy Panel is comprised of five tests for the following foods:

  • Egg White
  • Cow's Milk
  • Oat
  • Soybean
  • Wheat

How Our Basic Food Allergy Panel Works

For this test, simply place your order online and stop by one of our 4,000+ nationwide testing facilities at your convenience (no appointment required). A member of the center’s staff will collect a small blood sample at which point your part of the process is done. The sample collection itself takes only a few minutes and most patients are in, out and about their day in under a half-hour. From there, your sample will be processed in a CLIA-certified laboratory and in as little as 24-72 hours, you’ll have full results regarding any potential allergies to egg whites, cow’s milk, oat, soybean, and/or wheat.

Common Symptoms

Symptoms for these common food allergies can range from mild to serious and even life-threatening depending on the severity of the allergy. Symptoms may include any combination of the following: tingling or itching of the mouth, hives or skin irritation, facial swelling, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, nausea, dizziness, or fainting. In extreme instances, an allergic reaction may cause anaphylaxis which can require emergency attention.

How to Interpret Your Results

Delivered via our secure online portal, your results will provide a complete list of all potential allergens along with your quantifiable result and reference range. The chart will include a column that declares in plain language whether each result is in the normal range or if it is “flagged”. Any flagged items can be interpreted as potential allergens.

Comprehensive vs Basic Food Allergy Panel

For a more thorough and complete evaluation of potential food allergies, consider going with our more comprehensive alternative. The Basic Food Allergy Panel includes several tests (egg white, cow’s milk, soybean, and wheat). However, if you require testing for an additional eleven foods such as almonds, cashews, codfish, hazelnuts, peanuts, salmon, scallops, sesame seeds, shrimp, tuna, and walnuts, consider our Comprehensive Food Allergy Panel.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Ranging from mild to severe, an allergic reaction occurs when your immune system “defends” your body from a substance that wouldn’t otherwise pose a threat. Allergic reactions can occur from consuming, inhaling or touching an allergen.

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control, food allergies affect approximately 6% of children and 4% of adults. Though symptoms are most prevalent in young children, it is possible to develop or outgrow a food allergy at any age.

  • This test is perfect for anyone over the age of 18 who needs a precise measurment of potential aversions or allergies to specific foods. If you’ve recently cut out a certain food in fear that you may be allergic, or if you want to know if a childhood allergy still persists, this test is your solution!

  • We aim to deliver full, comprehensive results in a timely manner. If you do have questions about your results, our care counselors are standing by ready and willing to assist. We can even put you in touch with a physician should you require additional assistance and/or prescription medication.

  • As food allergies can be extremely dangerous and life-threatening, knowing which food products to avoid is essential. In addition, by knowing your food allergy risks, you can take precautions such as carrying an Epi-Pen to reduce the threat of exposure.