Hello from Charlottesville where spring is definitely here to stay!
We have had a number of great questions from blog readers over the past few months and wanted to share them (and our answers) with all of you:
If a patient tested 8.16 positive for galactose specific IgE, does that also mean they should avoid all mammalian meat products including dairy?
The number does not mean as much as the person’s symptoms. There are people with very low numbers who cannot have any mammalian meat or dairy without having reactions. At the same time, there are people with very high numbers who can have dairy and eat one or more type of mammalian meat without issue.
We have heard of people who are so reactive that eating something cooked on the same space as mammalian meat causes them to react. We have not heard of any kissing issues related to this allergy–it seems pretty unlikely that it would be an issue.
I have chronic pancreatitis and have to use digestive enzymes in order to digest proteins especially properly. Most of these are made of pork protein. I have changed brands a couple of times because I had allergic reactions (I thought it was something in the manufacturing process) but because I have auto-immune urticaria also I thought perhaps I was just having a “flare” instead of true allergic reactions. Do you know of anyone else with alpha-gal allergies that has found a solution to THIS dilemma?
We tested this person’s pancreatic digestive enzymes (brand name Panges CN 10) in our lab and found that they did contain alpha-gal.
I accessed your website and blog after doing online research following my initial episode of delayed anaphylactic shock last week and talking to several other people who have had this reaction. I have been bitten many times by ticks. My reaction, which followed almost exactly the typical reactions of this kind, occurred several hours after eating locally raised goat meat (which I hadn’t had prior to this for about a year). I notice that virtually every type of mammal commonly ingested, including venison and bison, is included in the list of meats causing this reaction EXCEPT for goat meat.
Goat meat does contain alpha-gal. We will add it to our list.