This section is for patients who have been prescribed the Finger-Prick Food Antibody Assessment  functional test by their healthcare practitioner.


Please note: Research Nutrition can not – under any circumstances – offer health advice to patients.
Should you require further support, please contact your healthcare practitioner.

NOTICE:

From the 15th August 2016, Research Nutrition are unable to accept any blood spot samples using the blood collection strips. If you are using a test kit that contains the blood collection strips (instead of the blood spot collection cards), please ensure you send your sample to Research Nutrition by the 8th August 2016 to ensure we receive it by the 15th August.

Your Test Kit contains collection and shipping instructions in full. To complement these instructions, we have provided some additional information to help you with the collection process. Please note: this information is not an alternative to reading your collection instructions found inside your test kit.

Visual Guide For Collecting Your Sample Below

PREPARATION

STEP 1

Complete the patient section on the Requisition Form


STEP 2

Print name, date of birth and the date of collection on the Blood Spot Collection Card (match the requisition form).

Unlabeled cards will be rejected.


STEP 3

Unfold the cover to expose the Blood Collection Pad.

(Hold the card without touching the collection circles on the pad).


STEP 4

Continue the fold as you peel away from the back of the Blood Collection Pad, exposing the back of the Blood Collection Pad.


STEP 5

Make a fold as indicated in the image.


It is important that the blood is not in contact with the cover.

Tip: Taping the outer cover to the edge of the table top may help stabilize the Blood Collection Card.

COLLECTION

STEP 1

Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water then dry your hands.

Use the provided alcohol pad to clean the tip of the finger.

(Ring finger or the middle finger is ideal)

Twist off the blue-tab to break seal on lancet.


STEP 2

Position lancet against the inside tip of the finger.

Press down firmly until an audible click is heard.


STEP 3

Gently press the pricked finger from below the puncture site to allow for a large drop of blood to form.

Wipe away the first drop of blood with the provided gauze).


STEP 4

Apply a hanging drop of blood within each circle on the Blood Spot Collection Card.

Making sure not to press down on the card with your finger.

DRYING AND SHIPPING

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, Desiccant and the Humidity indicator into the silver bag and seal tightly.

(Each Silver bag holds a maximum of 5 cards)

Important: Do not fold the Blood Spot Collection Card.
Use the Postage Paid Priority Mail Box provided in the package.
Test results are sent directly to your practitioner’s office.

FAQs

Why am I doing the test?

The test assesses whether your body is having an immune reaction to certain protein components found in food.

Do I need to avoid any foods?

No, you should eat a variety of foods 2 weeks prior to the test. However, make sure you avoid any foods that you know cause a severe allergic reaction.

Are there any supplements or medications I need to avoid taking?

Yes, 2-4 weeks before the test avoid anti-inflammatory and immunosuppresive drugs (i.e. prednisone, cyclosporine and topical cortisone). Check with your practitioner if you are unsure.

What is the difference between IgG and IgA?

IgG antibodies have a delayed reaction to foods, whereas IgA antibodies is the first line of the bodies defence. Both cause inflammation and testing both is the most comprehensive assessment.

How can I increase blood flow to fill the circles on the blood collection card?

Make sure you are well hydrated. Wash your hands in warm water for 1 min and pat dry. Swing your arm by your side to get the blood to flow to the fingers.

What is the minimum age for food antibody testing?

2 years old for IgA/IgG (finger-prick) test. There is no minimum age for IgE (blood draw) test. Please contact your practitioner if you would like more information on IgE testing.

Does this test tell me if I am allergic to certain foods?

No. IgG and IgA testing (finger-prick test) tests intolerances and food sensitivities. IgE antibody testing (blood draw test) tests for allergies (immediate reaction). Please contact your practitioner if you would like more information on IgE testing.

What if I can't get enough blood for the card/s by finger-prick?

You can use the serum blood draw instead but will need to get a different test kit and instructions from Research Nutrition. This will involve visiting your local blood collection lab and there may be additional cost involved. Contact Research Nutrition for more information - be sure to ask your practitioner for advice first.

How long do I wait for my test results?

2-3 weeks from the date Research Nutrition receive the sample. Please remember to take into account the postage time (2- 6 business days, depending where you are in Australia) for the sample to arrive by post from your post office to Research Nutrition. If you prefer, you may send the envelope to us by express post at your own expense.

What is the most common reasons for sample rejection?

The most common causes of the lab rejecting a sample is due to insufficient collection as a result of not reading or following the instructions correctly.

--Please note, a minimum of 4 hours drying time is required for the blood spot collection cards - if there is any humidity detected inside the silver sample bag, the sample is rejected and the patient is required to recollect the sample. We recommend leaving it overnight to dry to be certain there is no humidity present when sending the sample.


  • Click here for an example of how to complete your Requisition Form found inside the test kit.