Common Respiratory Allergy Panel — BasicMeasure immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies in response to 14 common respiratory allergens. This test may help you and your healthcare provider determine whether you have an allergy. Read more
The Common Respiratory Allergy Panel — Basic measures immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies produced in the blood in response to certain common tree pollen, weed, grass, and indoor allergens. This panel measures immune responses to weeds and grasses (Bermuda grass, Timothy grass, common ragweed, rough pigweed, sheep sorrel weed), wood tree pollen (oak, elm), and specific indoor allergens (cat dander, dog dander, mouse urine, Alternaria alternata mold, cockroach, and dust mites Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (American), and Dermatophagoides farinae (European).
This test reports the presence of lgE(s) antibodies to tree pollen allergens, weed and grass allergens, and indoor allergens, but the result by itself cannot confirm the diagnosis of the allergy. It is important to follow up with your healthcare provider. They will review your results along with your medical history, signs and symptoms, medications, and any other test results. Only a healthcare provider can diagnose an allergy and prescribe medication, if needed.
How it works
Air quality is one contributing factor in exposure to indoor respiratory allergens. Pollutants like dust, pet dander, and mold spores can cause a variety of health problems, especially for those with asthma or allergies. You may be able to minimize common indoor respiratory allergens by making a few of the following changes:
- Keeping areas and surfaces clean and uncluttered
- Ventilating indoor areas well
- Avoiding wall-to-wall carpeting and heavy drapery, if possible
- Decreasing the humidity in your home to reduce dust mites and mold growth
- Using a vacuum that prevents allergens from returning into the air
- Fixing all leaks and other causes of dampness
- Upgrading the air filter in your furnace or central heating, ventilation, and air- conditioning (HVAC) system