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Overview

The Individual Marker Coconut Allergy test detects a person’s allergy to coconuts.

What is Individual Marker Coconut Allergy test?

Individual Marker Coconut Allergy test is a blood test which indicates whether a person is allergic to coconuts by measuring the IgE (Immunoglobulin E) level in the blood.

Why is Individual Marker Coconut Allergy test suggested?

The test is suggested when the doctor suspects that a patient is allergic to coconut due to the following symptoms, which appear after consuming coconut products:

  • Shortness of breath.
  • Itchy skin/skin rashes/blisters.
  • Whistling sound while breathing.

Coconut allergy can lead to anaphylaxis, which can be life-threatening if not treated right away.

How is Individual Marker Coconut Allergy test performed?

The nurse/lab technician rinses the skin with an alcohol pad, inserts a needle into a vein on the rinsed skin, draws blood, and stores it in a small vial. The blood sample is then sent to the laboratory for diagnosis.

What are the parameters measured in the Individual Marker Coconut Allergy test?

The test measures coconut allergen-specific IgE levels. An increased level of this indicates that the person is allergic to coconut. Low or normal levels indicate no allergy to coconut.

Preparation before performing the Individual Marker Coconut Allergy test

There is no fasting required before the test unless specified by the doctor.

Post-care after the Individual Marker Coconut Allergy test

Avoid eating food products containing coconut. Do not use coconut oil and cosmetics containing coconut oil. Avoid any strenuous activity after the test. If bleeding occurs, apply pressure with your fingers at the needle site.

Sample types in the Individual Marker Coconut Allergy test

A blood sample is required in this test.

Side effects/risks of the Individual Marker Coconut Allergy test

Side effects of the blood test might include

  • Bleeding.
  • Discomfort.
  • Swelling.
  • Slight bruising or throbbing at the needle site.

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