Chestnut Allergy Test
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About Our Chestnut Allergy Test
Note: Fasting is not required for this test.
This IgE allergy test uses a blood sample to determine if you are allergic to chestnuts (sweet chestnuts/Castanea sativa).
The fruit of a chestnut tree is called a chestnut. The trees bear spiny husks containing two or three shiny, red-brown nuts. In the United States, the chestnut pollen season extends from May to July. Chestnut trees start to bear chestnuts when they are around 30-40 years old.
Raw nuts have a bitter taste from the tannins they contain, which improves considerably with cooking, developing into a sweet and nutty flavor, with a texture like a firm baked potato. Chestnuts, unlike other nuts, contain very little fat or oil (2-3%), compared to over 50%; they consist mainly of complex carbohydrate (50%) and water (40-45%), with small amounts of protein (5-10%). They contain no cholesterol.
Traditionally, Chestnuts are roasted over an open fire or in the oven. They can be dried, ground and used as flour in breads and puddings, or used as a thickening agent in soups.
Individuals allergic to sweet chestnuts may also be allergic to natural rubber latex.
Traditional allergy tests utilize the Skin Prick method (also known as a Puncture or Scratch test) to determine whether an allergic reaction will occur by inserting possible triggers into your skin using a needle prick. If you are allergic to the substance, you are forced to suffer through your body's reaction to the allergen. HealthLabs.com offers an easier, virtually pain-free blood test to determine the allergen status of substances without the irritation of traditional skin prick tests.
- No painful skin pricks
- No fasting necessary
- Accurate results within 1 to 2 days
Our quick blood test allows us to use your blood sample to test for allergic reactions externally, rather than causing unnecessary and painful reactions by introducing potential allergens to your system. Tests are administered in approximately 10 minutes or less at any of our 4,500+ nationwide locations. No appointments, no paperwork and no waiting are all part of what makes HealthLabs.com the best option for pain-free and hassle-free allergy testing.