Fire Ant (Invicta) Allergy Test
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About Our Fire Ant (Invicta) Allergy Test
Note: Fasting is not required for this test.
This IgE blood allergy test will determine if you are allergic to Fire Ants (Solenopsis invicta).
The venom of the fire ant is unique; composed principally of 2-methyl-6-alkylpiperidines. Some of these alkyloids are found nowhere else in the animal or plant world. The fire ant is aggressive; first biting its victim with its mandible, then arches and inserts the stinger at the end of its back.
Stinging immediately results in an immediate and intense burning (‘fire’) and itching at the site of a sting, resulting in an erythematous flare followed by a wheal. Within 4 hours, a vesicle containing clear fluid begins to form; followed by the formation of a sterile pustule within 24 hours.
For individuals with a fire ant allergy, stings may cause a life-threatening, potentially fatal reaction called anaphylaxis. Symptoms of anaphylaxis typically involve more than one part of the body and may include itching and hives, swelling in the throat or tongue, difficulty breathing, dizziness, stomach cramps, nausea or diarrhea. In extreme cases, a rapid fall in blood pressure may result in shock and loss of consciousness. Symptoms of anaphylaxis require emergency medical treatment.
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.