Antibody Assessment FAQs
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 IgE antibody assays are suitable for 10 years of age and older. Our food-specific IgA panel is not suitable for breast-fed infants.