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This Cat Dander Allergy Test is used to determine whether or not you are allergic to cat dander. Dander is a microscopic substance that can easily adhere to clothing or surfaces, so even if you don’t have a cat in your home, you can still be subjected to these allergens. Dander allergies can cause itchy or watery eyes, rashes, and even respiratory ailments. Unlike comparable animal allergy tests which can subject the body to potentially harmful allergens, this Priority Lab Testing test is conducted by way of a relatively painless blood draw. If you haven’t been tested for dog dander allergies, consider saving time and money by taking a cat and dog dander allergy test. To identify this specific allergy, order our Cat Dander Allergy Test today.
For our cat dander allergy test, simply place your order online and stop by one of our 4000+ nationwide testing facilities at your convenience (no appointments). A member of the center’s staff will collect a small blood sample via the skin prick method, at which point your part of the process is done.
The sample collection itself takes only a few minutes, and most patients are in and out and about their day in under half an 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 your cat dander intolerance.
Allergies, in general, are serious health conditions that can lead to potentially life-threatening symptoms. Cat dander allergies are no different. Allergic reactions to cat dander arise from your immune system mistakenly reacting to certain proteins in cat dander (dried flakes of skin), saliva, or urine as harmful substances or threats.
Your immune system then releases histamine, resulting in the physical symptoms characteristic of a cat dander allergy. An allergic reaction to cat dander should be taken seriously. Understanding the symptoms that a cat dander allergy can cause may help you manage allergic reactions and take care of your health.
Allergic reactions to cat dander can range from mild to severe, but the most common symptoms of cat dander allergy include:
Typically, symptoms of a cat dander allergy follow soon after you come in contact with cat dander. Exposure can occur even if a cat is not present. Keep in mind that the symptoms of an allergic reaction to cat dander can differ from one person to the next. In some cases, the same individual can react differently each time they are exposed.
Our cat dander allergy test measures a substance called immunoglobulin E (IgE) in your blood. IgE is an antibody that your immune system produces when it detects an allergen. Our test measures how much IgE your body makes in response to cat dander exposure. If you are allergic to cat dander, you may have more IgE in your blood than normal.
Once you get the results of your cat dander allergy test, it may seem overwhelming at first glance. We have a system to help patients accurately interpret the results of their allergy tests and understand what they mean. Please take your time to interpret the results of your cat dander allergy test to ensure the accuracy of your diagnosis.
The summary of your cat dander allergy test will likely include a ‘result,’ ‘reference range,’ and ‘flag’ columns. ‘Reference range’ points to your allergic threshold for cat dander. The ‘result’ is the numerical value showing your sensitivity levels to this particular allergen.
The ‘flag’ column contains the outcome of your cat dander allergy test, which can be either normal/unreactive or abnormal/reactive. An abnormal/reactive flag means that you have a cat dander allergy.
If you have a cat dander allergy, there’s a chance that you also have a dog dander allergy. The proteins that trigger allergic reactions in sensitized individuals are similar. But it’s also possible to be allergic to cats and not dogs. If you are convinced you have a dog dander allergy, we recommend a Dog Dander Allergy Test.
Yes, it’s possible to suddenly become allergic to cats. Like any other allergy, an individual can develop a cat dander allergy at any point.
Common cat dander allergy symptoms include sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, wheezing, and shortness of breath. The only way to know for sure is via a cat dander allergy test.
There’s very minimal risk to taking our IgE cat dander allergy test. There may be a little bruising and slight pain when drawing blood, but these symptoms will resolve themselves in no time.
No preparation is necessary for a cat dander allergy test. You may need to consult your doctor before taking our cat dander allergy test if you are on certain medications that may alter the results.