Allergy Mold Panel, Complete

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The following is a list of what is included in the item above. Click the test(s) below to view what biomarkers are measured along with an explanation of what the biomarker is measuring.

Alternaria Alternata (M6)

Aspergillus Fumigatus

Cladosporium Herbarum

Mucor Racemosus (M4) IgE

Penicillium Notatum (M1)

Stemphylium Botryosum

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The Allergy Mold Panel, Complete test contains 1 test with 6 biomarkers.

The Allergy Mold Panel, Complete test, offers a precise assessment for identifying specific IgE antibodies to six molds frequently implicated in allergic reactions. This detailed panel includes tests for Alternaria alternata, Aspergillus fumigatus, Cladosporium herbarum, Mucor racemosus, Penicillium notatum, and Stemphylium botryosum. 

Test Includes:

This comprehensive panel tests for IgE antibodies specific to the following molds, which are known to trigger allergic reactions in sensitized individuals:

  • Alternaria alternata (m6): A mold that is commonly found in the air and can cause respiratory problems.
  • Aspergillus fumigatus (m3): A widespread mold that can lead to various allergic reactions and respiratory issues.
  • Cladosporium herbarum (m2): Often found on plants and in the air, this mold is a common trigger for allergies.
  • Mucor racemosus (m4): Typically found in soil, decaying fruits, and vegetables, it can contribute to mold allergies.
  • Penicillium notatum (m1): Known for its role in producing the antibiotic penicillin, this mold can also cause allergic reactions.
  • Stemphylium botryosum (m10): Less common but can be a significant allergen for sensitized individuals.

This panel is a vital tool for identifying potential mold allergies, helping healthcare providers to develop targeted treatment and management plans for their patients.

A positive test outcome signifies sensitization to the molds tested rather than a definitive allergy diagnosis is crucial. Sensitization indicates that the patient's immune system has developed specific antibodies against the mold allergens, a necessary condition for allergic reactions to occur. 

However, not all sensitized individuals will exhibit allergy symptoms upon exposure to these molds. Thus, the interpretation of test results should be part of a broader clinical assessment conducted by a trained healthcare provider. 

Who Can Benefit

The Allergy Mold Panel, Complete, is particularly beneficial for individuals who:

  • Exhibit symptoms suggestive of mold allergy, including respiratory issues, skin irritation, and allergic rhinitis, without a clear cause.
  • Have a known history of allergic reactions and need to identify specific triggers for effective management.
  • Require allergy testing but cannot undergo skin testing due to conditions such as severe eczema, dermatographism, or an unwillingness to discontinue antihistamines or other interfering medications.
  • Are living or working in environments with high mold exposure risks and have symptoms consistent with mold allergies?

Exposure Types

Mold exposure can occur in various settings and through different routes, primarily through inhalation of airborne spores and direct skin contact. Common exposure types include:

  • Indoor Environments: Poor ventilation, high humidity areas, water-damaged buildings, and HVAC systems can foster mold growth indoors. Common household molds like Penicillium and Aspergillus are prevalent in such conditions.
  • Outdoor Settings: Molds like Alternaria and Cladosporium thrive outdoors, especially in agricultural settings, gardens, and damp or shaded areas. Individuals may be exposed to these molds during outdoor activities, particularly in late summer and fall.
  • Occupational Exposure: Certain professions, including farming, greenhouse work, carpentry, and disaster cleanup, may expose workers to higher mold levels, increasing the risk of sensitization and allergic reactions.

The Allergy Mold Panel, Complete, is a comprehensive tool that aids in the identification of potential mold allergies. It enables healthcare providers to devise personalized management and treatment strategies for affected individuals. This tailored approach aims to reduce exposure, alleviate symptoms, and improve the quality of life for those with mold sensitivities.

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