• Powering Better Allergy Management with ImmunoCAP™

    Information provided by Quest Diagnostics

    Quest

    It’s human nature to assume the worst, especially when seasonal allergies or environmental allergens cause flu-like symptoms such as runny nose, headaches, and fatigue.1 The ImmunoCAP™ Specific IgE (immunoglobulin E) Blood Test provides the clarity you need to help patients understand and take control of their condition.

    Specific IgE testing for select foods provides more detail not possible with traditional skin prick testing, especially since component skin testing is not available for clinical use in the United States.

    Skin prick testing, in which the clinician pricks the skin to introduce a controlled concentration of a known allergen under the patient’s skin, has not changed much in the years since it was first introduced—from the glass vials to patients waiting for spots to form, to the visual comparison cards for rating the level of reaction.

    By comparison, the ImmunoCAP Specific IgE test starts with a simple blood draw, saving patient and staff time. In place of subjective visual comparisons, the specific IgE test delivers a quantitative analysis listing each specific IgE antibody produced by the patient’s immune system. 

    Since IgE is only produced in response to an allergen, and each allergen triggers its own unique form of IgE, these results let the clinician know the precise source of each patient’s symptoms. With this information, patients are better equipped to locate the allergens in their environment and take the appropriate measures to prevent or avoid further exposure.

    Knowledge is power for your allergy patients

    The relief starts for many allergy sufferers with simply knowing and understanding the source of their misery. They no longer have to worry that symptoms are the result of lingering colds, or worse, and can use the information you provide to take greater control of their wellbeing, from changing how they clean to avoiding certain areas or foods.2,3 For some patients, the information from their IgE testing can be used as part of a targeted exposure strategy where they retrain their body to avoid their allergic response.

    Learn more

    Find out how the ImmunoCAP Specific IgE Blood Test  can help your patients better manage allergy triggers.

    References

    1. Mora J. Debunking myths about seasonal allergies and COVID-19. American Lung Association. Accessed August 16, 2021. https://www.lung.org/blog/allergies-and-covid
    2. Portnoy JM. Appropriate allergy testing and interpretation. Missouri Medicine. 2011;108(5):339. Accessed August 16, 2021.
    3. Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on the Health Effects of Indoor Allergens; Pope AM, Patterson R, Burge H, eds. Indoor Allergens: Assessing and Controlling Adverse Health Effects. Chapter 8: The Role of Education. National Academies Press (US); 1993. Accessed August 16, 2021. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK236022/

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