Basil Allergy Test
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About Our Basil Allergy Test
Note: Fasting is not required for this test.
This IgE antibody allergy test uses a blood sample to determine if you are allergic to basil. Recognizing a food allergy can help an individual and their physician decide which foods should be avoided. Although basil allergies are not common, when they do occur, the allergic reaction can range from mild to life-threatening.
Basil is a herb commonly used in cooking for its aroma and flavor. It is often included in pastes such as tomato sauce and pesto, as well as soups, stews, and vegetable dishes, especially in Italian, Mediterranean, Thai, and Indian cuisine. It is also present in chartreuse and other liqueurs. As a member of the Lamiaceae or mint plant family, basil shares many similarities with related plants such as oregano, thyme, mint, and sage.
What happens if you have a basil allergy?
Even if only small quantities of spices and herbs are used, it may still be enough to trigger an allergic reaction. Basil is usually eaten, but it is possible to inhale dried basil during food preparation. Direct skin contact can also occur while working with food, farming, or gardening.
A basil allergy is the result of your immune system mistakenly identifying basil as a harmful invader. To protect you, your body develops antibodies to fight it off and get rid of it. Producing chemicals such as histamines helps you expel the invaders by causing you to sneeze, tear up, and itch.
Our allergy test by blood sample allows you to verify if you are allergic to basil without introducing the allergen to your body. Unlike traditional skin prick tests, which embed the trigger into the skin with a needle prick, our easier and more comfortable blood test determines the allergen status externally.
Basil allergy symptoms can include:
- Tingling or itching in the mouth
- Swollen tongue, lips, and throat
- Runny nose and itchy eyes
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- In severe cases, anaphylaxis which can lead to shock and difficulting breathing and swallowing, requiring immediate medical attention.