Meat (pork, beef, chicken, lamb)

Meat allergy occurs when the immune system mistakenly identifies certain proteins found in meat as harmful, triggering an allergic reaction. Unlike food intolerances that primarily affect digestion, meat allergies can cause a wide range of symptoms, from mild to severe....

Meat (pork, beef, chicken, lamb)

What is the difference between measuring allergy to alpha-gal and meat from muscles?

The primary difference lies in the allergens tested. Alpha-gal allergy testing focuses on a sugar molecule found in non-primate mammalian meats and some animal products, which can trigger reactions from various meat sources. In contrast, our laboratory measures allergic reactions specifically to muscle meat proteins, which are more commonly consumed in diets. This approach aims to identify allergies to the proteins present in the muscle tissues of meats like beef, pork, or lamb, rather than the alpha-gal molecule associated with broader meat allergies.

What are the common symptoms of meat allergy?

  • Runny nose
  • Hives or skin rash
  • Swelling of the lips, face, tongue, or throat
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea)
  • Shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Anaphylaxis (in severe cases)

When should I consider testing for meat allergy?

Consider testing for meat allergy if you notice symptoms like hives, digestive discomfort, respiratory issues, or swelling after eating meat. Identifying specific allergens can guide necessary dietary changes.

How can I manage and cope with meat allergy in my daily life?

Managing meat allergy involves carefully avoiding meat products from triggers like beef, pork, or lamb and reading labels for hidden sources. Carrying antihistamines for accidental exposures and wearing medical alert identification can also help. Incorporating alternative protein sources into your diet, such as poultry, fish, or plant-based proteins, ensures nutritional needs are met while avoiding allergens.

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