240 Food Sensitivity Panel, 2 Antibody (IgA, IgG); Fingerstick

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Overview:

Many chronic conditions - from IBS and digestive problems to migraines to depression and mood disorders - may be indicators of food sensitivity. Common offenders include dairy and gluten, but food sensitivities can be complex and difficult to pinpoint. In many cases, a less obvious source may be causing or contributing to a patient’s symptoms.

Our 240 Food Panel offers comprehensive testing to identify food sensitivities to both common and less prevalent offenders that, in some cases, a patient may not even realize are in his or her diet. It is an ideal choice for patients who eat a broad range of foods and cuisines. Once identified, trigger foods can be controlled to relieve symptoms and help patients lead their healthiest lives.

Testing Process

Our panel is a quantitative ELISA analysis of specific IgG, IgG4, and IgA antibodies to 208 common foods and spices.

Specimens are tested in duplicate on the ELISA platform. We follow a diligent process to extract the key component from each analyte to ensure the antibody present in the patient's serum will bind to it, and validate with positive and negative controls. The IgG and/or IgA antibodies, once bound to antigen, are detected through spectrophotometric analysis wherein the values are directly proportional to the concentration of the analytes in the sample.

 

Collection Details:

Collection Instructions:

  • COLLECTION

    • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water, then dry hands.
    • Use the provided alcohol pad to clean the tip of the finger (ring finger or middle finger).
    • Twist off the blue tab to break the seal on the lancet.
    • Position the lancet against the inside tip of the finger. Press down firmly until an audible click is heard.
    • Gently press the pricked finger from below the puncture site to allow for a large drop of blood to form.
      Important: Wipe away the first drop of blood with provided gauze.
    • Apply a hanging drop of blood. Apply the blood drops within each circle on the Blood Spot Collection Card.

    DRYING & PACKAGING

    • Air dry completely. Prop the card up and let air dry for at least 3 hours.
    • Keep specimen away from moisture and sunlight.
    • Once fully dried, tuck the cover into flap as indicated. Insert the Blood Spot Collection Card and desiccant into the resealable bag and seal tightly. Each resealable bag holds a maximum of 5 cards).
      Important: Do not fold the Blood Spot Collection Card.

    SHIPPING

    • Use the shipping supply provided in the package to return shipment.
    • Specimen may be safely shipped at ambient temperature.
    • US BioTek Laboratories must receive specimen within 55 days at ambient temperature from date of collection.