Shellfish Allergy PanelMeasure immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies in response to four shellfish allergens. This test may help you and your healthcare provider determine whether you have an allergy. Read more
The Shellfish Allergy Panel measures immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies produced in the blood in response to certain shellfish allergens. This panel measures immune responses to clam, crab, lobster, and shrimp.
This test reports the presence of IgE(s) antibodies to shellfish, but the result by itself cannot confirm the diagnosis of an 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
According to federal law, fish and shellfish ingredients must be plainly stated on packaged foods and dietary supplements in the United States. Also, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) requires that manufacturers disclose on food labels whether a product contains certain types of fish or shellfish.
The management of shellfish allergies is through strict elimination of shellfish. Individuals who are highly allergic may need to avoid touching or smelling shellfish, and should always ensure that they have access to self-administered epinephrine if they have anaphylaxis.