Comprehensive Allergy Test
Comprehensive Allergy Test
IgE Blood Test for 61 allergens
With the cerascreen® Comprehensive Allergy Test sample kit you can determine the concentration of IgE antibodies against 61 common allergens towards foods, pollen, animal hair and more. The test is specifically designed to screen for tree and grass pollens, dog, cat and horse hair, various foods, dust mites and latex.
Allergies can have many triggers and symptoms of an allergic reaction can include anything from colds, coughs and itchy eyes to skin rashes and an upset stomach. But are they caused by pollen, pet hair, house dust or certain foods? It is often difficult to tell when you go about your daily business. This comprehensive allergy test can help.
- Take your sample at home – conveniently and discreetly
- Receive a state-of-the-art laboratory analysis
- Have potential cross-allergies detected
- Benefit from specific recommendations on how to live with an allergy
- Receive the result within a few days after your sample’s arrival at the laboratory
Please note: An increased number of certain IgE antibodies is a good initial indication that you have an allergy. For a definitive diagnosis, please consult a doctor who is experienced in allergy diagnosis.
Why test for the most common allergies?
A comprehensive allergy test will help you be weary of possible allergy triggers that you may not have thought of. This IgE test covers food, pollen, animal hair, dust mites and latex – and therefore a large proportion of common allergens.
Take your sample for the cerascreen® Comprehensive Allergy Test at home, without having to spend hours at the doctor's or waiting for an appointment slot! The test is a blood test, for which you only need a small finger prick of blood. A prick test (skin test) at your GP requires numerous small pricks on your skin, often accompanied by redness and itching that lasts for several days – afterwards, a blood test is often also performed.
Benefit from our expertise: cerascreen® is the market leader for medical sampling and submission kits in Europe, with eight years of experience in test development and analysis. We have developed more than 50 approved send-in test kits (medical devices), evaluated 250,000 samples and serve 19 countries in Europe – and now the United States.
About the Comprehensive Allergy Test
Take a blood sample
Using the lancet provided with the IgE allergy test, take a few drops of blood yourself and place them in the blood collection tube.
Activate your Comprehensive Allergy Test
Activate the test ID listed on the test ID card in your secure My cerascreen® user profile on our website or on our app. You will then need to answer a few questions, so that we can send you personalised recommendations.
Send your sample
Send your sample to our laboratory free of charge in the enclosed return envelope. Your sample will be analysed in the medical laboratory.
In our specialised laboratory, your sample is analysed for the concentration of specific IgE antibodies against 61 different allergens.
You will receive a personal report of results that will tell you whether you are sensitised to certain types of food, pollens, animal hair, dust mites or latex. Sensitisation is a good initial indication of a possible allergy.
High quality standards
The samples taken with the cerascreen® send-in tests are analysed in specialised diagnostic laboratories, with which doctors and clinics work as well. All of our laboratory partners meet our high quality standards.
Results report of the Comprehensive Allergy Test
As soon as your sample has been analysed, you will receive your results report via the My cerascreen® app or your user account on our website. You can easily view the report on your smartphone, tablet or computer and print it out, if required.
The laboratory analysis will tell you the concentration of specific IgE antibodies against the 61 allergens tested in your blood. Learn how to recognise cross-allergies and how to alleviate allergy symptoms in your everyday life with our recommendations for action. Our comprehensive health information furthermore explains what happens in the body with allergies and cross-allergies.
FAQs about IgE testing for allergies
Why test for common allergies?
Allergies are widespread and have become more and more common over the past few decades. The most common are allergies to pollen, animal hair and dust mites. But other triggers, such as food, also play a role – and these allergies are often difficult to recognise in day-to-day life.
If you have allergic symptoms and cannot determine the cause, an IgE test can be of great help. With our Big Allergy Test, you can cover a range of possible triggers and investigate allergies you might not have thought or heard of. You can also screen for cross-reactions – these cross-reactions often cause people to react to other substances, usually foods, because of their allergy.
Who should take the Comprehensive Allergy Test?
IgE allergy testing can be useful for anyone who suffers from allergy symptoms and has not yet found the exact cause of their symptoms.
Many people think that if they did not develop allergies as a child, they will not develop them as an adult. This is not the case. It is true that many allergies develop in childhood, but in some cases, adults can develop allergies too.
How does the IgE blood test work?
To do the IgE allergy test, you take a small sample of blood from your fingertip with a lancet. You only need a few drops of blood. Place the drops on two dried blood spot cards – this way, you only have to take a very small amount of blood, and the sample can be stored for a long time.
The sample is sent free of charge to our specialised medical laboratory in a return envelope. The laboratory analyses the number of IgE antibodies against 61 different allergens. After the lab analysis, you will receive a notification telling you to access your results report via your online account or the My cerascreen® app.
What will the results tell me?
The Comprehensive Allergy Test results report tells you which allergens are responsible for the highest amounts of IgE antibodies in your blood. You will find out how strongly you reacted to these allergens, if at all.
A table in the report shows how sensitised you are to the 61 allergens tested. This sensitisation represents the likelihood of your immune system having an allergic reaction to various triggers. This – together with existing symptoms – is an indication that you have an allergy.
The report also lets you know if you have any cross-allergies, which occur when your body reacts to allergens with a similar protein structure.
Which recommendations will I receive after the test?
Elevated IgE levels are a sign of allergy but are not an official diagnosis. High IgE values are not always accompanied by symptoms and sometimes do not cause any health problems. You can use the results from the Big Allergy Test as an initial indication to allow you to then look more closely at your symptoms and how these could be linked with triggers in your daily life.
A reliable allergy diagnosis can only be made by doctors who, in addition to the test results, will take into account the history of your symptoms. As a rule, you will also receive further recommendations for action from them.
In addition, you will receive information about possible cross-allergies, which often develop between pollen and food or between house dust and shellfish, for example.
The results report also gives you advice on how to optimise your gut health. Healthy gut flora can possibly help prevent allergies and perhaps even reduce the impact of allergic reactions in those affected.
Which allergens are analysed?
The cerascreen® Comprehensive Allergy Test measures the concentration of IgE antibodies against 61 different allergens.
Pollen: Ragweed, mugwort, ribbed grass, glasswort, prickly pear, alder, birch, hazelnut, olive, poplar, cypress, dogtooth grass, bahia, grass mix, timothy grass, rye
Animal hair: mite mix, cat, horse, dog, cockroach mix
Vegetables: tomato, carrot, celery, garlic, onion, green bean, potato
Fruit: banana, orange, strawberry, apple, peach, kiwi, pineapple, mango
Animal products: egg white, milk, cod, salmon, tuna, shrimp, beef, lamb, chicken
Cereals: wheat, barley, oats, corn, rice
Nuts, seeds and legumes: hazelnut, almond, peanut, sesame, soya
Others: mustard, ginger, latex, Cladosporium herbarum
What are IgE antibodies?
If you have an allergy, your body’s defence is disrupted. Specific immunoglobulin E (IgE), your immune system’s antibodies, play a central role in allergic reactions.
During an allergic reaction, your immune system produces too many of these specific IgE antibodies in your body. When they encounter harmless proteins found, for example, in food, animal hair, pollen and dust mites, they stop your immune system from functioning normally. As a result, mast cells, a type of immune cell, release a messenger substance called histamine. Histamine then causes inflammation, which, in turn, leads to typical allergy symptoms.
What symptoms do you have if you have an allergy?
The most common allergies, for which we screen in this IgE allergy test, are allergies where symptoms appear immediately or shortly after contact with the respective allergens.
Typical allergy symptoms are:
- Asthma, coughing and breathing difficulties
- Rhinitis, sneezing and inflamed nose
- Itching and burning of the eyes
- Skin rashes
- Swelling of the eyes, mouth or throat
- Gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhoea and constipation
What consequences can an allergy have?
Allergies are naturally unpleasant. Some, like pollen allergies, recur every year and are difficult to avoid. Others, such as food allergies, restrict many people in terms of what they can eat, while dust mite allergies mean that people have to rearrange their homes.
In addition, untreated allergies can be accompanied by a number of secondary symptoms. This is particularly the case for allergies, such as pollen, pets and dust mites. They can increase the risk of long-term allergic asthma if you are constantly exposed to allergens. If your mucous membranes are constantly irritated, your risk of developing sinusitis also increases.
What are cross-allergies?
With an allergy, your immune system reacts to allergens, which are certain proteins present in food, pollen, animal dander, etc. These allergens are sometimes very similar in their chemical structure, which can trigger a cross-reaction. This is where your body reacts to certain substances because you are allergic to other substances.
Cross-reactions between pollen allergy and certain types of fruit, vegetables and nuts are the most common. People who are allergic to birch pollen exhibit allergy symptoms when they eat fruit, often apples, for example. Typical symptoms are a tingling sensation in your mouth, itching or burning in the mouth area or facial swelling.
What cross-allergies are there?
Cross-reactions can occur between very different allergens. Here, we have listed some examples of typical and common cross-allergies:
Pollen and food: Cross-reactivity often occurs with pollen and food – particularly, tree pollen (especially birch) and fruit and vegetables. An allergy to grass pollen can trigger cross-reactions with certain types of vegetables – for example, cabbage, spinach, leeks, cucumbers and peppers.
House dust and molluscs: House dust mites are distantly related to crustaceans and molluscs. Therefore, people who are allergic to house dust may also react to shrimp and similar foods.
Latex and fruit and vegetables: People with latex allergies sometimes react to certain fruits – for example, bananas, kiwis, figs and avocados.
What should I do if I have an allergy?
The most important measure you should take against an allergy is always to avoid the triggers as much as possible. Allergies are generally not curable, although they sometimes disappear on their own.
Depending on the allergies you have, this is sometimes easier, sometimes more difficult. For example, you can often avoid foods by paying attention to the allergen information on food packaging and in restaurants. If you are allergic to latex, pay attention to the ingredients in rubber gloves, condoms and other everyday items and look for latex-free alternatives.
During pollen season, it is almost impossible to avoid pollen completely. Timely ventilation, special pollen screens and masks, and hygiene measures to prevent pollen from entering your bedroom can help.
If it is not possible to avoid allergens – for example, because of pollen density, medication can relieve your symptoms in the short term. The most common medications are antihistamines, but you should not take them permanently. If symptoms are severe, doctors may also prescribe special sprays and nose drops.
Can you treat allergies?
The only known allergy treatment is specific immunotherapy. However, at present, this treatment method is only possible against certain allergens. For example, it can work for allergies to pollen or animal hair. Food allergies, on the other hand, cannot usually be treated with immunotherapy.
During immunotherapy treatment, you will receive a low dose of the allergen at regular intervals, either by injection or by drops or tablets under your tongue. This treatment usually lasts up to three years. The aim is to reprogram your immune system so that your defences no longer react to harmless allergens. However, this approach is not always successful.
If you are interested in immunotherapy for your allergy, consult an allergy specialist.
Who should NOT take the Big Allergy Test?
The Big Allergy Test is not or only partially suitable for certain groups of people:
People with infectious diseases, like hepatitis and HIV, may not use the Big AllergyTest.
People with haemophilia should not take the test.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should only take the Big Allergy Test under medical supervision. The given reference ranges and recommendations do not apply to people in this group; consult your medical professional for advice concerning your test results.
The Big Allergy Test is not intended for children under 18 years of age.
The test is not intended for diagnosing illnesses or disease. For example, if you suffer extreme physical pain, consult a doctor.