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 

  • There are a lot of preparation instructions for this test. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. 
  • Sample collection must be performed by a phlebotomist, Monday - Friday only. 
    • Information about scheduling a blood draw 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 your blood draw. 
  • You must fast for 12 hours 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, consult ELISA/ACT customer service (800-553-5472) to determine the proper timing for your blood draw. 

4 days prior to collection  |  2 days prior to collection  |  ~13 hours prior to collection  |  12 hours prior to collectionDay of collection


4 days prior to collection

  • Stop taking steroids and cortisone inhalers, pills, and creams.
    • ELISA/ACT recommends consulting 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).
  • Stop taking JAK inhibitors, such as Xeljanz (tofacitinib).

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48 hours (2 days) prior to collection

  • Stop taking theophylline (aminophylline)
  • Avoid all over-the-counter antihistamines, antihistamine-containing prescriptions, and aspirin (acetyl-salicylate)-containing compounds. Examples include:
    • Alka Seltzer 
    • Ecotrin 
    • Fiogesic 
    • Percodan 
    • Anacin 
    • Arthritis Pain Formula
    • Encaprin 
    • Midol 
    • Bayer 
    • Equagesic 
    • Bufferin 
    • Excedrin
    • Vanquish 
    • Talwin Compound 
    • Sleeping Aids 
    • Synlagos-DC 
    • MonoGesic 
    • Triacimicin 
  • Avoid all salicylic acid-containing products if possible.
    • This includes shampoo, lotion, cream, etc.

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About 13 hours prior to collection

  • Take a shower/bath using simple soap and shampoo. 
    • Do NOT use soap or shampoo with perfume. 
    • Do NOT use deodorant, moisturizer, or conditioner.
  • Do NOT use any of the following products after you have showered/bathed.
    • Deodorant
    • Body lotion
    • Creams
    • Saline solution
    • Scented hand soap
    • Lip balm
    • Hair products
    • Makeup
    • Other beauty products
  • Brush your teeth with toothpaste.

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12 hours prior to collection

  • You must fast for 12 hours prior to your blood draw. 
    • You may only drink spring or tap water. 
  • Do NOT take vitamins or medications EXCEPT:
    • Birth control pills/estrogens
    • Blood pressure medications or water pills
    • Insulin or other hormones (ex: thyroid hormones)
    • Anticonvulsants
    • Heart medications (NO quinidine)
    • Coumadin or other blood thinners
    • Zovirax (acyclovir)
    • NSAIDs such as Advil, Motrin, and Tylenol (NO aspirin)
  • Do NOT
    • Use toothpaste. Brush your teeth with spring or tap water only. 
    • Smoke.
    • Expose yourself to second-hand smoke.
  • Place the provided cool pack in the refrigerator. 
    • Do NOT freeze the cool pack. 

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Day of collection

  • Drink lots of spring or tap water prior to your blood draw.
  • Rinse your mouth with spring or tap water.
  • Do NOT do any of the following prior to your blood draw.
    • Take a shower.
    • Use any beauty products or toiletries.
    • Eat breakfast.
    • Take any medications or supplements.

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Collection Instructions

  1. Your blood draw can only be performed Monday - Friday. 
  2. Refrigerate the provided cold pack overnight prior to your blood draw.
    1. DO NOT freeze the cold pack.
  3. Complete the Health Assessment Questionnaire. 
  4. Bring the following items with you to your blood draw.
    1. Entire test kit
    2. Refrigerated cold pack
    3. Health Assessment Questionnaire 
    4. Completed test requisition form
  5. The phlebotomist will collect, prepare, and ship your sample for you.
    1. You can view the phlebotomist collection instructions HERE.

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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

  • Make a note of the tracking number on the return mailer so that you can track your samples back to the lab.
  • 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