Antibody Assessment FAQ
What is a Food Allergy?
A food allergy is one type of Adverse Food Reaction that is mediated by the immune system. An adverse food reaction may comprise any symptom following the intake of a food. Symptoms may be any perceptible change in how we feel and/or function.
A Non-toxic food reactions can be immune- (i.e.: allergy) or non-immune-mediated. Immune-mediated reactions, or food allergies, are divided into IgE- and non-IgE reactions. US BioTek Laboratories' FOODStats ELISA & Chemiluminescence quantifies immune-mediated adverse reactions to foods.
What is an allergen?
A food that causes an allergic reaction is known as a food allergen. An inhalant such as ragweed that causes allergic rhinitis is known as an inhalant allergen, or aeroallergen. Individuals have different sensitivities to allergens; allergens do not affect all individuals the same.
Are there any food restrictions prior to testing?
No. It is advised to maintain usual dietary habits, consuming a variety of foods when possible.
What are the age restrictions for testing?
There is no under age limit. US BioTek's antibody assays are suitable for 6 months of age and older. Our food-specific IgA panel is not suitable for breast-fed infants.