Allergens trigger immune cells to release histamine and other inflammatory chemicals that result in an allergic reaction. Symptoms of an allergy are varied and can include itching, burning and swelling around the mouth, swelling of face or eyes, runny nose, skin rash, hives, diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, breathing difficulties, vomiting and nausea.
Allergies involve a special class of antibodies called immunoglobulin E (IgE). IgE is normally found in very small amounts in the blood, and functions as part of the body's immune system. Different IgE antibodies detect different allergens, and the IgE antibody test is used to screen for an allergy to a specific allergen by measuring the amount of that suspected IgE antibody in the blood.
If you have a specific allergen or group of allergens you would like tested, please contact us for a quote.
A RAST is a blood test using radioimmunoassay to detect specific IgE antibodies to determine the substances an individual is allergic to.
Immunoglobulin E (IgE) is a protein associated with allergic reactions that is normally found in very small amounts in the blood. IgE functions as part of the body's immune system (its defence against 'intruders').
The Staple Food Mix panel screens for allergies to common allergens including egg white, milk, fish, wheat, peanut and soyabean
The Seafood Mix panel screens for allergies to fish, prawn, blue mussel, tuna and salmon.
The Nut Mix panel screens for allergies to peanuts, hazlenuts, brazil nuts, almonds and coconuts.
The House Dust Mite panel screens for allergies to Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus
The Regional Grass/ Weed Pollen Mix panel screens for allergies to rye, Bahia, Bermuda, plantain, ragweed and goosefoot.
The Animal Epithelia Mix panel screens for allergies to cat, dog, cow and horse dander.
Print out the pathology form that we email you.
Take your form to your local collection centre to have your blood sample taken - no need for an appointment.