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The cacao bean is the fruit of the cacao tree, a small evergreen plant that is indigenous to the tropics of America. These beans are roasted, crushed, and dried to create chocolate powder. In addition, confections and chocolates are produced with cocoa butter. These products may have cocoa allergens if they haven't been sufficiently filtered.
Chocolates, candies, and baked goods are some of the food items that expose people to cacao. Cacao powder is often added to beverages, desserts, and even medicines to improve their flavour. Food allergies to cocoa, sometimes referred to by its scientific name, Theobroma cacao, seem to be uncommon.
Cacao allergy is brought on by an overactive immune reaction to cacao and its derivatives. Since the body does not consider the allergens safe, it triggers a protective mechanism to fight them off.
Mast cells release significant amounts of histamine due to a series of processes that occur when Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies circulate through the bloodstream. Histamine irritates soft tissues, which leads to the typical signs of allergies. The intensity of a cacao allergy will vary from person to person.
A Cacao Allergy test provides numerical results for IgE antibody levels that can be used to estimate how severe a person's reaction will be. It is advisable to check the ingredients of the foods that you are consuming if you suspect or know you have cacao allergy.
After intake, allergy signs can appear between a few minutes and several hours later. Typical food allergy symptoms include:
In severe situations, exposure may result in Anaphylaxis, a potentially fatal reaction marked by confusion, a sharp drop in blood pressure, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, palpitations, nausea, diarrhoea, and unconsciousness.
The specialised Cacao Allergy test offered by Apollo 24|7 measures Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies produced against cocoa. IgE concentrations greater than 0.7 kU/L are considered a sign of allergic reactions.
Testing for cacao allergies might also reveal whether you are allergic to or sensitive to the substance. Food allergies and intolerance, commonly referred to as food sensitivity, are widely misinterpreted. Although the two disorders have similar symptoms, their effects can differ.
The first thing a doctor will do after being consulted for a cacao allergy is to perform a physical examination. They will ask for specifics regarding previous reactions, such as when they occurred after eating, what foods you had and in what amounts, etc. The doctor may then advise a Cacao Allergy test to determine your body's sensitivities to particular allergies.
For a Cacao Allergy test, no specific preparation is needed. It is recommended that you wear a shirt with long sleeves that can be conveniently rolled up to the elbow or a sleeveless, half-sleeved, or elbow-length shirt so that the physician can collect a specimen without difficulty.
Results could arrive in 8 to 12 days, and if specific IgE antibody levels are elevated, it may indicate the presence of a cacao allergy. The presence of IgE does not directly correspond with the intensity of an allergic reaction, and a person who has outgrown an allergic response may continue to have positive IgE many years later.
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The information mentioned above is meant for educational purposes only and should not be taken as a substitute to your Physician’s advice. It is highly recommended that the customer consults with a qualified healthcare professional to interpret test results