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Allergen, Individual-Food Baingan Brinjal (Aubergine, eggplant /  Solanum melongena) Test

Allergen, Individual-Food Baingan Brinjal (Aubergine, eggplant / Solanum melongena) Test

The substance causing allergy, when inhaled or eaten is called an Allergen. An allergen disturbs the immune system and causes sensitivity. One such kind of allergy is the allergy to eggplant (baingan brinjal). Allergies exclusive to eggplant are very rare which might be due to different factors such as allergenic proteins, histamines, other alkaloids, etc. Food allergy symptoms are caused by the interaction between a food allergen and an antibody known as IgE.To diagnose a food allergy, an allergist may use a Skin Prick Test (SPT) also called a puncture or scratch test, to measure the presence of IgE (immunoglobulin E) antibodies for the suspected food.

A physician or other healthcare professional and emergency aid should be immediately available when such tests are performed. No planning is required, just the general routine will do. Take the normal food and have adequate water. The investigation needs no fasting before the test. One must not stop taking medicines without the prior consultation of the doctor because such thing can affect the fairness of the result yet the doctor must be aware of all the medications. Always follow the particular instructions given to you by the lab instructor.

Positive results are indicated by a wheal – a raised white bump surrounded by a small circle of itchy red skin. If no wheal appears, it is unlikely that you are allergic to the test food. Negative results almost always mean that you are not allergic to a food. Often they are “false negatives” (results indicating that you are not allergic to a food, even though you really are). Positive tests, however, are also not always accurate. About 50-60 percent of all tests yield “false positive” (results indicating that the test shows positive even though you are not really allergic to the food being tested).

This test is administered on forearm. The allergist places a drop of solution containing the food allergen on your forearm or back of the individual’s hand. (When testing vegetables, fresh food may be used instead of a solution). In the Prick test, the doctor gently pricks or scratches the skin using a small plastic probe or needle to allow a tiny amount of the solution to enter just below the surface. The Skin Prick Test is generally not painful and there is no bleeding.The scratching on the surface of the skin feels similar to a fingernail scratch.

Specimen
serum
Volume
0.3ml
Container
3.5ml gold top tube
Type Gender Age-Group Value
Allergy Brinjal
UNISEX
All age groups
>100kU/l
Rs500- RS 2000

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