To undertake the ImuPro test, either a finger prick blood sample (ImuPro Screen) or serum blood sample (ImuPro Basic or ImuPro Complete) is required. Once your sample has been taken, it will be sent to us at MDS where it will be analysed.
Note: Please consult your practitioner before undertaking the ImuPro test in order to discuss whether IgG food hypersensitivity testing may be a helpful approach for you to explore.
Please also note the following medication/conditions that can affect the ImuPro test results:
Contra-indications and precautions for an ImuPro test
It is the responsibility of the client/practitioner to determine whether a medication could affect the ImuPro results prior to having any sample taken.
ImuPro should not be performed in case of:
- acute infections and/or increased body temperature
- hypoglobulinemia or agammaglobulinemia (total IgG values below reference range or incapacity of producing IgG)
- presence of a monoclonal gammopathy
Caution should be taken with the use of immune suppressants such as Cortisone, Imuran, Methotrexate, Rapamune, Remicade (Infliximab), Enbrel (Etanercept), Humira (Adalimumab), Mycophenolic acid etc. These drugs may lead to reduced production of IgG antibodies. IgG has a half-life of 23 days.
The ImuPro test can be performed if the medication has been in place for less than 1 month.
If the medication has been in place for more than 1 month and if there is any doubt whether a patient under any immune suppressive drug is eligible for testing, a total IgG test (routine lab test) must be performed prior to ImuPro testing. If the IgG is within the reference range, the treatment has not affected the IgG concentration and the patient can proceed with the ImuPro test.
With regards antibiotics, the longer one takes antibiotics, the earlier there might be an influence on the results. Antibiotics can damage the intestinal flora which can lead to more reactions in the ImuPro test.
How it works:
If your own practitioner has not referred you for the ImuPro test, contact a Health Practitioner associated with WellPro or MDS head office.
Choose your ImuPro option.
If your practitioner has requested the ImuPro Screen, they will take a finger prick blood sample from you or give you the kit to take the sample yourself. You can view the video here on how to take your sample, and instructions will also be sent with the kit. The blood collection kit will then be sent to our lab for testing after it has air dried overnight.
If you are having the ImuPro Basic or ImuPro Complete tests, you may have your blood sample taken by your health practitioner or at Dis-Chem clinics (please download the relevant form from our ‘Forms’ page), Wellness Warehouse on Kloof Street (Cape Town) or if you are in KZN, then your sample can be taken at Ampath laboratories. Your sample will be sent to MDS. Alternatively, contact us at MDS head office in Westville, Durban, to make an appointment for your sample to be taken.
MDS will perform the ImuPro test within 10-14 working days of receiving your sample and payment.
You will then receive your personal test results via email or from your health practitioner.
Consult your health practitioner to discuss your results and management going forward. If you do not have a health practitioner, you can contact one from the list of Health Practitioners Associated with WellPro.
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