About the allergen in ambrosia artemisiifolia (A.elatior)
The allergen in Ambrosia artemisiifolia, also known as common or field ragweed, is usually a protein called Amb a 1. It is one of several proteins found in the pollen of this plant and is a common cause of allergic reactions in people who are allergic to pollen.
When a person allergic to Amb a 1 is exposed to Ambrosia artemisiifolia pollen, the immune system reacts by producing antibodies against the protein. This can lead to allergic symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and difficulty breathing.
How can I find out if I am allergic to ambrosia artemisiifolia?
A blood test can be used to investigate an allergy to ambrosia artemisiifolia by measuring the levels of specific antibodies in the blood that are associated with allergic reactions to ambrosia artemisiifolia. The test is called a specific IgE test.
The results of the test will show whether or not you have an allergic reaction to ambrosia artemisiifolia. If the levels of specific IgE antibodies are high, it may indicate that you are allergic to ambrosia artemisiifolia.
It is important to note that the result of an IgE test does not always correlate completely with symptoms of allergy, and that the test is only part of the investigation process.
If you take a test for allergy to ambrosia artemisiifolia and it turns out that your IgE antibodies are elevated, you can show your result to a doctor or allergy specialist who can help you with a full assessment and possible treatment.