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. Testing on the ImmunoCAP platform and this is considered the benchmark method used in the majority of current allergy clinical trials.
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Elevated IgE levels can indicate a tendency to be hyperallergic - this is often characterised by conditions such as eczema, hay fever, or allergic asthma.
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').
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