LRA Tests

Test Details

Lab Company: ELISA/ACT Biotechnologies
Sample Type: Whole Blood
Collection Location:  In Lab (Phlebotomy Required)

ELISA/ACT Biotechnologies' LRA tests analyze delayed lymphocyte sensitivity reactions to a variety of foods and chemicals to help diagnose immune disorders and chronic health conditions. 

🔑 Key Details 📦 Shipping
Preparation & Timing 📊 Results
🧪 Collection Instructions 📚 More Resources
💳 Requisition & Payment
💬 Questions?

Key Details 

  • Sample collection must be performed by a phlebotomist, Monday - Friday only. 
    • Information about scheduling a blood draw can be found here
    • Blood draw locations partnered with ELISA/ACT Biotechnologies can be found here.
    • You may need to pay a separate fee for phlebotomy.
  • Schedule your blood draw for the morning. 
  • Certain medications should be discontinued prior to the test. 
  • You must fast for 12 hours prior to the test.
  • You may not shower, brush your teeth with toothpaste, or use beauty products or toiletries for 12 hours prior to the draw through the completion of your blood draw.
  • Refrigerate the provided cold pack prior to your blood draw.
  • The phlebotomist will collect, prepare, and ship your sample for you.

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Preparation & Timing

There are a lot of preparation instructions. READ CAREFULLY.

  • Sample collection should be performed in the morning.
  • Sample collection must be performed by a phlebotomist, Monday - Friday only. 
    • Information about scheduling a blood draw can be found here
    • Blood draw locations recommended by ELISA/ACT Biotechnologies can be found here.
  • Wait 2 weeks after a cortisone suspension injection to collect your sample.
  • If you are taking allergy shots or theophylline (aminophylline), consult ELISA/ACT customer service (800-553-5472) to determine the proper timing for your blood draw. 

4 days prior to collection

  • Stop taking steroids and cortisone pills and creams.
    • You may consult your healthcare provider about a Steroid Bridge to help with the four-day avoidance.
  • Stop taking TNF inhibitors, such as Enbrel (etanercept), Humira (adalimumab), and Remicade (infliximab).

48 hours prior to collection

  • Avoid all over-the-counter antihistamines, antihistamine-containing prescriptions, and aspirin (acetyl-salicylate) containing compounds. Examples include:
    • Alka Seltzer
    • Anacin
    • Arthritis Pain Formula
    • Bayer
    • Bufferin
    • Ecotrin
    • Equagesic
    • Exedrin
    • Vanquish
    • Midol
    • MonoGesic
    • Percodan
    • Sine-Off
    • Talwin Compound
    • Triacimicin 
  • Avoid all salicylic acid-containing products if possible.

13-15 hours before collection

  • Take a shower/bath using simple soap and shampoo. 
    • Do not use soap or shampoo with perfume, deodorant, moisturizer, or conditioner.
  • Do not use any deodorants, body lotions, creams, saline solutions, scented hand soaps, lip balms, hair products, makeup, or other beauty products after you have washed off.
  • Brush your teeth with toothpaste.

12 hours prior to collection

  • Fasting for 12 hours prior to collection is required. 
    • Do not eat or drink anything except spring or distilled water. 
  • Do not take vitamins or medications other than
    • Birth control pills/estrogens
    • Blood pressure medications or water pills
    • Insulin or other hormones (ex: thyroid hormones)
    • Anticonvulsants
    • Heart medications (except quinidine
    • Coumadin (blood thinner)
    • Zovirax (acyclovir)
    • NSAIDs such as Advil, Motrin, and Tylenol
  • Brush your teeth with water only.
  • Do not wash your hands, hair, or body with anything but water.
  • Avoid smoking and second-hand smoke.
  • Do not use any beauty products or toiletries.

Day of collection

  • Brush your teeth with water only.
  • Drink lots of spring or distilled water prior to your blood draw.
  • Do not do any of the following prior to your blood draw.
    • Take a shower.
    • Use beauty products or toiletries.
    • Wash your hands or face.
    • Eat breakfast.
    • Take any medications or vitamins.

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Collection Instructions

  1. Your blood draw can only be performed Monday - Friday. 
  2. Refrigerate the provided cold pack prior to your blood draw.
    1. DO NOT freeze.
  3. Write a list of all medications, vitamins, or herbs you have been taking. 
  4. Bring the test kit, refrigerated cold pack, medication list, and completed test requisition form to your blood draw appointment.
  5. The phlebotomist will collect, prepare, and ship your sample for you.
    1. Instructions for the phlebotomist will be included in your test kit.

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Requisition & Payment

  • Your kit has been prepaid. You may need to pay a separate fee for phlebotomy.
  • Instructions on how to fill out your requisition can be found here.
    • Since you pre-paid for your tests, you do not need to fill in the payment information on any of these forms.

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Shipping

  • The phlebotomist will ship your sample for you using the materials provided in the test kit.

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Results

  • Results should be released to your provider 7-10 business days after samples are received at the lab. We cannot guarantee processing time. 
  • Your provider will notify you when your results are in and schedule a follow-up appointment for you to review them together. 
  • Your provider may choose to release your results to you. Rupa cannot release your results without provider authorization.

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More Resources

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Questions?

For general questions, email Rupa Health at support@rupahealth.com. For test-specific questions, contact ELISA/ACT Biotechnologies by calling 800-553-5472