Ispaghula (Psyllium) Seed Allergy Test
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About Our Ispaghula (Psyllium) Seed 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 the Ispaghula (Psyllium) Seed.
Psyllium, also known as ispaghula, is a type of fiber taken from the seed husks of plants in the genus Plantago. Plantago ovata and Plantago Psyllium are two significant sources of psyllium. The natural fibers derived from psyllium are an excellent source of dietary soluble fiber, so it is typically consumed to alleviate symptoms of constipation and mild diarrhea. Psyllium husks are coated with mucilage, which is a thick, glue-like substance which acts as a dietary fiber that thickens the fecal mass. Mucilage absorbs moisture and helps regulate digestion. This blood test determines if you are allergic to psyllium or not.
Allergic Reactions to Psyllium
Psyllium is well tolerated by most people, but some do experience adverse reactions from ingesting or handling it. While rare, these allergic reactions may be severe or even deadly. Those who are allergic to psyllium may experience the following symptoms shortly after consumption:
- Asthma-like symptoms
- Trouble breathing
- Difficulting swallowing
- Unusual horseness
- Swelling of face, mouth, lips, tongue, or throat
- Severe dizziness
Who is Exposed to Psyllium?
Healthcare workers, particularly nurses and elderly caretakers, often experience psyllium at the workplace. Exposure to psyllium at the workplace typically occurs from inhalation of the dust that results when preparing it for patients. Some cereals high in fiber may also contain psyllium.
Severe Allergic Reactions to Psyllium
Some may experience anaphylactic shock if they are extremely allergic psyllium. Anaphylactic shock is an extreme allergic reaction that affects the whole body and results in death. Histamine, which is a chemical that helps your body get rid of something, is released in high levels when you’re allergic something. Very high levels of histamine are released during anaphylactic shock and may cause swelling of the throat, lips, tongue, shortness of breath, hives, a severe drop in blood pressure, and increased heart rate. If these symptoms occur, you should contact medical help immediately.
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.
- Tests are administered at any of our 4,500+ nationwide locations
- Typical time to administer the test is 10-15 minutes
- Accurate results within 1 to 3 days