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The Berry Fruit Allergy Panel determines whether or not you are allergic to various fruits. Fruit allergies occur when the body views certain fruits as toxins and triggers an immune response to combat them. Depending on the type of allergy, reactions may occur when fruit touches the skin or only when consumed. Reactions can range from mild and irritating to potentially life-threatening, which is why it's best to know what fruits you're allergic to and what to do should you accidentally come in contact or eat something that can put you in danger.
The Berry Fruit Allergy Panel is comprised of five tests for the following fruits:
Once you place your order for the Berry Fruit Allergy Panel, simply stop by one of our 4,000+ nationwide testing facilities when convenient and have your sample collected. A certified staff member will take a small blood sample at which point your job is complete. The process is painless and takes only a few minutes. In fact, most patients are in and out of the facility in under a half-hour. From there, your sample will be processed in a CLIA-certified laboratory. You’ll have complete results in as little as 24-72 hours regarding any potential allergies to strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries and/or avocados.
Fruit allergies are most generally associated with oral allergy syndrome (or pollen-fruit allergy syndrome) during which the body falsely recognizes the proteins in certain fruits as pollen (a common allergen). When an allergy is triggered, common symptoms include itching or tingling of the mouth, sneezing, nausea, diarrhea, and/or swelling of the tongue, lips or throat. In extreme cases, fruit allergies can trigger anaphylaxis, leading to severe throat-swelling, difficulty breathing, low blood pressure and even loss of consciousness or shock. In these cases, you’ll want to seek out emergency medical attention.
Delivered via our secure 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.
Fruit allergies are extremely common in children and adults and generally spark the same kinds of symptoms. This Berry Fruit Allergy Panel tests for allergies to strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries and avocados. For additional insight into potential fruit allergies, consider ordering our Citrus Fruit Allergy Panel to test for an allergic reaction to lemons, limes, grapefruits, oranges and tangerines/mandarins.
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An “allergic reaction” occurs when your body’s immune system reacts to an otherwise non-threatening substance (or “allergen”) that most people would not react to such as pollen, pet dander or certain foods. The body’s immune system produces antibodies that identify the allergen as a threat. Allergic reactions can range in severity from person to person and may include sneezing, itching, tingling of the mouth, swelling or difficulty breathing. More severe allergic reactions can include anaphylaxis and may require immediate medical attention. Allergic reactions can occur from consuming, inhaling or touching an allergen.
Among those with known food allergies, fruit allergies make up only a small percentage of the overall population. It’s difficult to provide an exact figure as so many who are allergic to certain fruits will show only subtle symptoms and may go undiagnosed. Overall, fruit allergies are more prevalent in young children than they are in adults.
Simply put, at Priority Lab Testing we aim to deliver the most accurate testing results anywhere on the market. We’ve partnered with industry-leading clinical laboratories to ensure all testing results are clear, comprehensive and reliable for our patients. Tests are FDA-approved and conducted in CLIA-certified laboratories. Our centers perform regular quality assurance testing to ensure accurate results time and again.
This test is designed for any adult prone to subtle or severe bodily reactions when various berries are consumed. This test provides a clear and definitive answer as to whether reactions are caused by an allergy or other factors.
We aim to deliver full, comprehensive results in a timely manner (usually within 24-72 hours after testing). If you have questions about your results, our care counselors are available to provide additional directions or recommendations. We can even put you in touch with a physician should you require additional assistance and/or prescription medication.