Mugwort allergy test


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Mugwort Allergy Test

Mugwort is a name that is often used to refer to certain plants that form part of the Artemisia genus. There are 11 different plants in particular that are considered mugwort, including some that are commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine. Mugwort plants are sometimes used in the preparation of food, as well as in certain essential oils.

Exposure to mugwort, pollen that is produced by certain plants, can lead to several allergic reactions. Individuals with existing allergic diseases may also experience a worsening of their symptoms when exposed to this particular type of pollen. Specialized tests, like this one, are available to help patients identify mugwort allergies and take appropriate action to limit their exposure to the pollen.

The Mugwort Allergen Rapid Test is a testing device for the qualitative determination of Mugwort specific Immunoglobulin E (sIgE) in human serum, plasma or whole blood. The test, in conjunction with other clinical observations, is intended to identify the patient whose allergic symptoms maybe mediated by by Mugwort -specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) Type I hypersensitivity.

Mugwort Allergy Test Instructions

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What Is Mugwort Allergy?

The pollen that is produced by plants called Mugwort can be recognized as an allergen by the immune system. In these cases, it may lead to allergic conditions such as asthma, as well as hay fever. A mugwort allergy is when a person experiences a reaction when their body is exposed to the pollen that these plants produce. Generally, the pollen does not travel as far as other types of pollen. There are also higher concentrations of Mugwort pollen during the early morning.

Why Get Tested For Mugwort Allergy?

Allergic responses to mugwort have been linked to a risk of several conditions, making it important for a person to understand whether their body sees the pollen as an allergen. In case a person is tested for a mugwort allergy, and the results are positive, the individual should aim to reduce their exposure to this type of pollen.

Some of the conditions that have been linked to mugwort allergies include:

  • Bronchoconstriction
  • Asthma
  • Seasonal allergic rhinitis
  • Upper respiratory tract sensitization
  • Lower respiratory tract sensitization
  • Urticaria
  • Atopic eczema
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Pollinosis
  • Conjunctivitis

Sensitization to mugwort has also been linked to certain food allergies. In one particular scientific paper, researchers explain how the consumption of broccoli may cause mugwort sensitization. In turn, this may put a person at risk of a condition known as Mugwort-mustard allergy syndrome. What this condition does is it causes the patient to experience a severe allergic reaction if they consume mustard products.

When To Consult A Doctor?

Individuals who experience a worsening of symptoms associated with allergic diseases, such as eczema and asthma, as well as those who find that they are experiencing new allergy symptoms when exposed to mugwort should consult a doctor for appropriate testing. Failure to recognize a mugwort allergy can lead to adverse effects. For example, certain foods, including raw apples, melon, unpeeled carrots that are raw, and even celery have been found to interact with mugwort pollen, if a particular individual is sensitized to this particular allergen.