The pediatric panel is a test specially designed to diagnose the allergies that most often affect babies and children. This type of allergy test diagnoses allergy to food allergies and inhalation allergies.
What is tested in the pediatric package?
- pollen: mixtures of grasses, warty birch and mugwort;
- allergy to house dust mites of species D.pteronyssinus and D.farinae;
- cat, dog and horse allergens;
- food allergens: egg white, egg yolk, milk (protein diathesis), cod, alpha-lactalbumin, beta-lactoglobulin,
- casein, bovine serum albumin, wheat flour (wheat intolerance), rice, soy, peanut, hazelnut, carrot, potato, apple;
- mold spores of the species Cladosporium herbarum, Aspergillus fumigatus and Alternaria alternata.
Additionally, as part of the pediatric panel, the concentration of IgE antibodies directed to exogenous sugar residues (CCD) is analyzed. CCD reactivity is associated with the risk of cross-allergy.What is an allergy test with a pediatric panel? The pediatric panel is performed as part of children’s allergy tests, for which it is enough to take a small sample of venous blood from the child. Such tests are carried out in diagnostic laboratories. Blood allergy tests analyze a sample to assess the concentration of IgE antibodies against specific allergens. The test result determines the degree of allergy to a given allergen.
The food and respiratory panels analyze specific types of allergies more closely. Therefore, it is worth performing them if it is necessary to deepen the diagnosis, if the pediatric panel turned out to be insufficient in the case of diagnosing all food and inhalation allergies. They can also be useful later, when, for example, the child’s diet is much more extended. Each of these two panels analyzes the IgE concentration for 20 allergens.
The ALEX Comprehensive Test is a significant extension of all the previously described allergy tests. It includes food and inhalation allergens, as well as insect venoms – there are as many as 156 tested allergen extracts. Additionally, the test enhances the diagnosis with 126 molecular allergen components. The ALEX test allows for a thorough examination of people with a significant amount of allergies, and also makes it possible to specify immunological treatment aimed at specific allergenic protein molecules.