Alpha Gal allergy/ mammalian allergy- good news

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   Posted 9/6/2012 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had an allergy to beef, pork, well all mammals for about 5 years....the new alpha gal allergy... From tick bites. I've avoided these foods for years once I was diagnosed due to severe hives etc. I read on another forum that Dr Cummins in VA is now saying this allergy had a time span of 3-5 years. So- because my symptoms have only ever been hives, I decided to test this out. I ate a steak about 2 weeks ago, no reaction. Another steak last week, nothing and just to really make sure- I had a bacon cheeseburger last night (that was always my worst reactions). Nothing! So I do not have this allergy any longer! I'm sure not everyone will be so lucky, but at least we now know most folks will not have it forever!

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   Posted 10/27/2012 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
When we're you last exposed to ticks? I am curious about the 3-5 years info and whether that is dependent upon being away from tick exposure.

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   Posted 12/5/2012 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I am really trying to find a solid answer on if will go away in 3 to 5 years. This has really been tough. I have only had the hives once. My issue is horrible stomach issues, burning ears, headaches, and the occasional feeling of a panic attack. Three weeks now with no meats and I feel better, but I still have a little nausea everyday with a small headache. For 34 years I thought I was invincible but, this alpha gal will humble you quickly. I guess we all need that sometimes, but I hope this will goes away. Doc said he will check every 6 months to see if its gone. confused
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   Posted 12/9/2012 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I am currently dealing with the alpha-gal diagnosis. Bitten in May by about 30 ticks and seed ticks...My reactions have been Anyphilaxis, Hives, & Adema after eating any Mammal meat, and skin reactions to contact with horses, cows & deer hides.  Can't tolerate any dairy and I also avoid anything animal related byproducts because of reactions to soap and lotions.  I cannot imagine ever being able to eat meat again!  But I am glad to know there may be hope.  I have started a web page that is still under construction but you are welcome to stop by and check it out, maybe post there to let others know its possible too.  Thanks for your good news!
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