Do allergies differ in children and adults?
In theory, there exists no difference between the two. However, children exhibit allergies to numerous foods and respiratory allergens at different stages in their growth – since allergic status changes with advancing age. If your child is repeatedly developing allergy symptoms such as congestion, itchy eyes, skin rashes, runny nose and wheezing, allergy may be a contributing factor. Babies generally are free of the kinds of symptoms we associate with allergy – but research has shown that allergies start early in life and can be detected even before symptoms appear. As for adults, there may be less body tolerance to allergens, but a higher tolerance level to the associated symptoms. Laboratory testing can provide valuable information to help determine whether an adult or child is allergic to a particular substance, and how to best manage the condition. Without determining one’s status, allergic disease can get worse and can have profound effects on the physical and emotional quality of life.
What allergy tests can be done?
The blood test for allergies is referred to as an in vitro specific IgE antibody test (also known as the RAST panel). This test determines the amount of allergy-type antibodies in the bloodstream that in turn.
MedLabs offers 3 major allergy panels:
Food allergens Panel
(Egg White, Egg Yolk, Cow milk, UHT- Cow milk, Casein, Wheat flur, Gluten, Rice, Soybean, Peanut, Hazelnut, Pistachio, Sunflower, seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Cacao, Orange, Strawberry, Apple, Banana, Kiwi, Mulberry, Fig, Tomato, Carrot, Potato, Onion, Peach, Cherry, Olive, Green Beans, Fish-mix, Shellfish/ mollusk-mix, Meat-mix, Chicken.
- Respiratory allergens panel:
Grass pollens, Grain pollens, Tree pollens, Olive tree, Mulberry tree, Flower mix, Weed mix, Dermatophagoides farinae, Cockroach, Feather mix, Cage birds, Cat, Dog, Horse, Cow, Goat, Sheep, Hamster, Exotic mold mix, Penicillin notatum, Cladosporium herbarium, Aspergillus fumigatus, Alternaria alternate.
- Pediatric allergens Panel
Grass mixture, Birch, Mugwort, Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (mites), Dermatophagoides farinae (mites), Cat, Dog, Horse, Cladosporium herbarium, Aspergillus fumigatus, Alternaria alternata, Egg (Yolk & White), Cow’s Milk, Codfish, Alpha-Lactoalbumine, Beta-Lactoglobulin, Casein, Bovine albumin (s), Wheat flour, Rice, Soyabean, Peanut, Hazelnut, Carrot, Potato, Apple.