ALPHA-GAL IN DETAIL
Information on Mammal Allergy
An alpha-gal allergy refers to hypersensitivity or an anaphylactic reaction caused by exposure to the chemical structure of alpha-gal & mediated by IgE antibodies, which seem to proliferate as a result of bites from particular species of hard-bodied ticks. The alpha-gal chemical structure is most commonly found in mammal meat & can also be present in a wide range of mammal derived products (such as cosmetics, laundry detergent, & medications). This most often results in the characterization of alpha-gal sensitivity as a "red-meat" allergy since it includes beef, pork & lamb, & excludes poultry & fish.