inhalant allergy test
To identify, monitor, and manage inhalant allergies
40% – 50%
Global sensitization rates to one or more common allergens among school children are currently approaching 40%-50%.2
10% – 30%
Worldwide, allergic rhinitis affects between 10% and 30% of the population.2
10.6% (7.8 MILLION)
In 2012, 10.6% or 7.8 million children reported respiratory allergies in the past 12 months.6
8.2% (20 million)
Morbidity in adults aged 18 and above in 2015 reached 8.2% or 20 million diagnosed with hay fever in the past 12 months.3
8.4% (6.1 million)
Morbidity in children under age 18 years in 2015 reached 8.4% or 6.1 million children reported with hay fever in the past 12 months.4
Roughly 13% of people 18 and over in the U.S. have sinusitis.5
Common inhalant allergy symptoms include:
nose, eyes, throat and/or skin
Red irritated eyes
Puffy, swollen eyelids
Wheezing and shortness of breath
Contact sensitivity on the skin causing eczema
The most common allergic diseases include: hay fever, asthma, conjunctivitis, hives, eczema, dermatitis, and sinusitis. Among these, hay fever, which is also known as allergic rhinitis, is one of the most common kinds of inhalant allergies. Allergic rhinitis appears in two different forms:
Symptoms occur in spring, summer and early fall. They are usually caused by allergic sensitivity to pollens from trees, grasses or weeds, or to airborne mold spores.
Symptoms occur all year-round. Perennial allergic rhinitis is generally caused by sensitivity to house dust mites, animal dander, cockroaches, and/or mold spores.
Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S.
With an annual healthcare cost of over $18 billion.
More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.1
What We Offer
Vibrant America Inhalant Allergy test is a simple blood test which can diagnose inhalants causing allergies. This test evaluates serum specific IgE antibody levels to common environmental inhalants. This is an ideal allergy test for patients with suspected environmental and/or seasonal allergies.
The test panel includes 46 of the most common allergens, including different types of mites, molds, animal dander, weeds, grasses, insects, trees, and shrubs.
Tree and shrub pollen can be found in most outdoor setting and be found indoors. Tree and shrub pollen allergies are seasonal in nature, people experience its symptoms only when the pollen grains to which they are allergic are in the air. Pollen counts tend to be highest early in the morning on warm, dry, breezy days and lowest during chilly, wet periods.
Cockroaches can be found in households, particularly dirty unmaintained homes. These insects may be the most common cause of year-round allergy. Cockroach’s waste and body are the cause of allergic reactions.
Grass allergies can commonly be found with two classes of grass: northern and southern grasses. Northern grasses are normally found in cold climates. Southern grasses are normally found in warm climates.
Weed pollen allergies are commonly found outdoors during dry, hot, windy days when airborne particles are at their peak. Weed allergies are generally seasonal, normally from late summer to early fall. September is particularly having high levels of weed pollen abundance.
Animal dander from cats and dogs can be found anywhere the animal has been present, however, animal dander typically is only problematic for allergies in enclosed spaces, such as indoors. Severe allergies to animal dander may be triggered by exposure to the dander outdoors, though. Animal dander can also be found on the clothing of people who own or work with animals. Dander is concentrated in saliva, as well, therefore being licked by an animal can transfer dander from animal to human. Animal dander can also accumulate in vacuum filters.
Mold can be commonly found both indoors and outdoors. Molds grow in warm, humid, damp buildings including homes and workplaces. Mold can also be found in air conditioning vents. Mold spores are present in household dust in most areas. In outdoor areas, molds commonly grow on shady, damp surfaces and decomposing matter.
Mites are found in virtually every environment on Earth. Contact between humans and the majority of types of mites is rare, however a few are commonly found in human dwellings. The common house mite lives on furniture, bedding, and carpet inside homes. Some mites also live in food storage areas, feeding on crumbs and packaged food. House dust contains a high quantity of house mite bodies and their feces, which is what triggers allergic reactions.
- Test uses only purified natural or recombinant allergen extracts for diagnosis.
- High consistency and reproducibility.
- Gives an improved understanding of IgE profile.
- Quantitative results based on chemiluminescent measurements
- Leads to improvement of diagnosis and treatment of inhalant allergy patients.
HOW DO YOU ORDER VIBRANT’S INHALANT ALLERGEN TEST?
Vibrant’s inhalant allergen test is only available to order through your provider. If your physician is not in our network, please contact us.
Vibrant America has developed an inhalant allergy panel based on high-density microarrays which simultaneously recognizes multiple inhalant reactions at an affordable price.
Our method comprises a silicon-based biochip utilizing a chemiluminescent detection method for allergens.
Vibrant’s proprietary multiplex microarray technology allows for:
- Detection of multiple inhalants in a single analysis.
- The use of only 500µl of serum sample for complete results, thus, reducing sample collection for pediatric and geriatric patients.
- The most rigorous standardization in the industry through internal quality controls and calibration.
- Testing each allergen with 3 controls for the highest consistency and reproducibility.
- The most cost-effective solution to address the need for a highly accurate, sensitive, and specific diagnostic allergy test.
FILL IN THE GAPS OF INHALANT ALLERGY DIAGNOSIS
limitations of traditional testing
- High rate of false positive results.
- Tests are affected by previous ingestion of histamines or other drugs.
- Multiple skin peedle picks are often not tolerated by children.
- Does not predict the severity of an allergic reaction.
- Risk of cross-contamination if the antigens are not applied 2cm apart.
- Rare possibility of anaphylaxis.
- Usually done only on patients with a negative skin prick test.
- High rate of false positive results due to cross reactivity.
- Cannot skin test patients with active dermatitis.
- Risk of anaphylaxis.
- Affected by medications.
- Skill is required.
how vibrant may help
High sensitivity and specificity
Multiple airborne allergen determinations with one blood sample
Less volume of sample required
Can be used in patients with skin disorders
Helpful in determining likelihood of clinical reaction
Test can be performed during pregnancy
Not affected by medications like antihistamines
Highly dedicated hospital facilities are not required
No risk of contamination, anaphylaxis and systemic reactions
This test has been developed and its performance characteristics determined by the CLIA-certified laboratory performing the test. This test has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Although FDA does not currently clear or approve laboratory-developed tests in the U.S., certification of the laboratory is required under CLIA to ensure the quality and validity of the tests.
1 Allergies. CDC https://www.cdc.gov/healthcommunication/ToolsTemplates/EntertainmentEd/Tips/Allergies.html
2 World Health Organization. White Book on Allergy 2011-2012 Executive Summary. By Prof. Ruby Pawankar, MD, PhD, Prof. Giorgio Walkter Canonica, MD, Prof. Stephen T. Holgate, BSc, MD, DSc, FMed Sci and Prof. Richard F. Lockey, MD
3 Source: Summary Health Statistics Tables for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2015, Table A-2
4 Source: Summary Health Statistics Tables for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2015, Table C-2
5 Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2010. By Jeannine S. Schiller, M.P.H., Jacqueline W. Lucas, M.P.H., Brian W. Ward, PhD and Jennifer A. Peregory, M.P.H., Division of Health Interview Statistics
6. Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2012, table 2.