No More Steak? No More Bacon? Can you imagine? No more beef tenderloin, sausage, pork tenderloin, roasts or hamburgers?
According to a recent article by Kicker 102.5, “this is a disease that doctors are still learning about and we believe it is an extremely underdiagnosed tick-borne illness.”
They went on to say, “the allergy is often missed or misdiagnosed.”
It’s called Alpha-Gal and you can get it from a tick. The Lone Star Tick to be exact.
Lone Star Ticks are small and the females have a little white-yellowish dot on their backs.
Author Lisa Lindsey noted this “allergy to meat can take up to 8 hours making it even harder to diagnose.”
Symptoms include GI distress, rash or hives, Angioedema (swelling and redness, especially around the eyes, cheeks or lips), whole-body itching, and sometimes even Anaphylaxis Shock.
For some with Alpha-Gal Syndrome (AGS), the allergy extends beyond beef to all animal meat, fish, dairy and animal by-products found in medications. This can be extremely challenging.
Visit AlphaGalInformation.org to learn more and if you suspect alpha-gal, ask your doctor to run an alpha-gal blood test to supplement a full tick-borne disease panel.