Inhalant Allergy (25 Inhalents + Total IgE)

Inhalant Allergy (25 Inhalents + Total IgE)

Allergy is widespread and affects approximately a quarter of the population in the UK at some time in their lives.

The term allergy is used to describe a condition in which the immune system overreacts to a substance which is not normally harmful in itself. The result can range from a collection of inconvenient symptoms to a disease or even a life-threatening reaction.

An allergic person’s immune system responds to normally unharmful substances, known as allergens, as though they are damaging, and produces a special type of antibody (IgE) to attack the invading material. This stimulates other fighting blood cells to release further chemicals such as histamine which together cause the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Some of the more common allergens are:

  • Pollen from trees and grasses
  • House dust mites
  • Moulds
  • Pets such as cats and dogs
  • Insects like wasps and bees
  • Industrial and household chemicals
  • Medicines
  • Foods such as eggs, milk, gluten and nuts
  • Latex
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy eyes, ears, lips, throat and palate
  • Severe wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sinus problems
  • A sore palate
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Nettle-like rash
  • Swelling
  • Sickness, vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Increase in secretions

Other conditions which may also be linked to allergy are asthma, eczema, IBS and headaches as well as symptoms such as lethargy, loss of concentration and sensitivity to everyday foods. There is also a rare condition called oral allergy syndrome where someone reacts to a fruit or food of a plant that they have an inhalant allergy to.

IgE antibodies to the following;


June grass (Kentucky blue)
Orchard grass
Perennial rye grass
Timothy grass
Sweet vernal grass

Common ragweed
English plantain
Lamb’s quarters
Russian thistle

Mould (generic)

Cat dander
Dog dander
Mite – D. farinae

Total IgE

This test requires a blood sample from a blood draw. You will need to arrange a blood draw via your GP or private phlebotomy service. The fee for any blood draw is not included with your test fee.

Samples must be received at the laboratory within 24 hours of the blood draw. Do not book a blood draw on a Friday-Sunday.

No special requirements.

4 years and above.

Please return via a next day service Monday – Thursday only. A courier option is sent with your test kit. You pay the laboratory directly for this test and also the return courier if you use the service. You can also make your own arrangements for returning your samples via a next day service.

7 working days.

Your test results will be emailed to you.

Inhalant Allergy (25 Inhalents + Total IgE)