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IgE Total Test Overview

Immunoglobulin E (IgE) is one of the five immunoglobulin classes, distinguished by the presence of the epsilon heavy chain. It is the most recently discovered immunoglobulin, having been discovered in 1966. IgE exists as a monomer and is present in the bloodstream at extremely low concentrations, approximately 300-fold lower than IgG. The physiologic role of IgE is unknown, but it is thought to be involved in parasite defence, specifically helminth defence.

When the immune system responds to a foreign material from food, contact, or inhalation into the lungs, allergies develop. Allergies are the sixth most common chronic ailment in the United States, affecting more than 50 million people. Many people visit their healthcare providers for testing due to allergies as a typical cause. Anaphylactic allergies have the potential to be fatal in rare circumstances. A blood test that measures immunoglobin is one way to help diagnose allergies (IgE). IgE is an antibody that aids the body in its defence against foreign bodies such as bacteria and viruses.  An allergen specific IgE blood test can detect the presence of various IgE antibodies. If they are abnormally high or low, it may indicate that the person has a more serious health problem.

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Total IgE counts the number of antibodies in your blood that your immune system has created in response to allergens. IgE, an antibody, is the substance that starts an allergic reaction. Your immune system develops a lot of IgE particles that are particular to the allergen to recognize and get rid of it when you are exposed to it again.

Immunoglobulin E (IgE), an antibody produced by the body's immune system to combat any threat the body detects, is measured by the test IgE antibodies are linked to a variety of allergic reactions.

Usually, within a few days, the test results are out. The results are usually available in one to two weeks and are reported numerically.

IgE Total Test carries very little risk. Where the needle was put, you might suffer some little discomfort or bruise, but most symptoms will heal soon.

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