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lolasandvik Jul 10, 10:04 a.m.
In 2002 I spent a summer conducting field work at Ft.Bragg. It was then that I experienced my first reaction with hives. I was bitten by ticks on a near daily basis working in brush throughout the summer. When I went to the doctor my symptoms didn't match up with any known allergy so I was sent home with an epi-pen and the declaration that "you're allergic to something". Fast forward twelve years and after a particularly bad reaction where I went into anaphylactic shock I went to the UNC Allergy clinic and right off the bat they knew what was happening. For folks interested in how this allergy was finally recognized here is the journal article http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3085643/
from UVA affiliated Thomas Platts-Mills, MD who was researching why so many cancer patients in the Southeast were rejecting a cancer drug made with a chimeric mouse/human monoclonal antibody. For folks with the allergy, it seems that the fattier the meat the worse the reaction.
notexactly Jul 8, 4:06 p.m.
Dang. I hate that for you. Have you tried to eat any pork? My friend had very low level for pork. He could have started eating pork sooner than beef, but he kept getting tested every six months until his levels for beef were gone. Now he can eat anything. well so far. Hope yours goes away soon. His doctor did tell him some people will take a while to get rid of. Some may never. I hope that is not your case. That's gotta suck. His lasted almost 2 years
tbg0519 Jul 8, 1:40 p.m.
Count yourself very lucky. I have had this allergy for 8 years and counting. Occasionally I used to test the waters with very lean beef just to see if the allergy had subsided but no. Having gone 3 years w/o any red meat (accidental or intentional) I'll find out in December if my levels have changed. You have to exercise severe caution when you eat. Pizza places (Domino's, Papa John's, etc) have trays to catch the cheese and other toppings when they make pizzas and they 'clean the pits', putting the fallen toppings back in their places and then dump the cheese back in the bin. They aren't always perfect, and one single piece of red meat can be disasterous. The reaction is about 4 hours later. Mine was while on a plane. Maybe with more exposure like this, we will get more research into a cure.
firefalcon100 Jul 8, 1:38 p.m.
This happened to my wife. Now she cannot eat Beef or Pork products. It was getting better but the last time she ate bacon it caused her to swell.
busyb97 Jul 8, 1:31 p.m.
Oh, and we are in Chatham county. We have friends in Wake (two actually) who have kids who have it also.
busyb97 Jul 8, 1:30 p.m.
My son was just diagnosed with the alpha gal allergy...from a tick bite several weeks before (the only one so far this season) and the tick was only attached for maybe an hour or so? We were doing yard and garden work for awhile. They always strip down and check for ticks before going in and it was in his armpit. A few weeks later, he started having numb/tingling in his mouth. Uh oh. Tests confirmed.
Now we carry Epipens and benadryl....just on case.
notexactly Jul 8, 9:52 a.m.
in most cases it does go away in time. A friend of mine got it and it lasted for about a year. He can now eat beef and other meats. It does depend on how many other times you get bitten and your own bodies chemistry.
harleygrrlnc Jul 8, 9:34 a.m.
Birds migrate and have ticks. Field mouse spread ticks. Any mammal can get ticks. Ticks like carbon deicide, that is where they hitch a ride, eat, and find another ride to who knows where! It not just deer, thank about that cute bunny in you yard!
harleygrrlnc Jul 8, 8:52 a.m.
After getting Lyme Disease in 1998, I'm allergic to so many things. I have also had STARI. I'm allergic to chemicals, medication, sun, food, odors, and the list is long to name. If you think you have a tick-borne disease, please talk to your doctor about allergies and what you can do for a allergic reaction. It may save your life. One strawberry sent me to the ER. Please be careful. People who don't have problems, please think of us when you must wear perfume to your doctors visit. Doctors office is always a problem for me due to odors and cleaning products. Be careful as you get older, your body does change.
sidecutter Jul 8, 8:31 a.m.
"Issy"- deer do not migrate. Generally they remain with-in 1 mile from where they are born. Their increasing numbers as well as habitat loss is placing them in closer proximity to us humans bringing the ticks with them. Totally de-nude your yard and the ticks will go away.
diverchick1041 Jul 8, 8:04 a.m.
My brother and I are both allergic to meat but it's only to red meat and is due to a tick bite. We both break out in hives and have to keep Benadryl with us at all times.....Something interesting though is that we can eat ORGANIC red meat and we don't have the reaction....
"Screen Name-8/20" Jul 7, 7:27 p.m.
Geez, just what we all need - another thing to worry about.
Prayers for all out there dealing with this.
Drifter Jul 7, 7:24 p.m.
NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE!
sidecutter Jul 7, 7:11 p.m.
My mother lives in Durham and the same thing happened to her. It has affected her diet drastically. Her only exposure was working in the yard.
"Screen Name-8/20" Jul 7, 6:42 p.m.
Good grief!!! Another tick thing to worry about. smh
issymayake Jul 7, 6:19 p.m.
I know someone who this has happened to as well. The tick population is being carried across the east coast by migrating deer. If you live in a grassy/wooded area or have pets, make sure to protect yourself.
froggygirl Jul 7, 6:05 p.m.
Get the word out! This allergy is only recently becoming known. Much like peanut allergies and similar allergies, cross-contamination is a major threat. Do you know if that restaurant cooked chicken and beef on the same grill? It could be life-threatening. This problem is a life-changer for sure, and it most affects hunters and others who enjoy the outdoors, ironically.
Published: 2007-10-05 09:38:00
Updated: 2015-01-14 14:37:58