Meat Allergy-Causes, Symptoms, And Cure
Meat Allergy is extremely rare with the red meat being often tolerated by humans although it is a trifle harder to digest. However, animal products may sometimes cause allergic reactions which turns out to be quite severe in most cases.
Reasons for Developing Meat Allergy
The body at times reacts aggressively to red meat which is ingested. Immunoglobulin E along with the chemical histamine are produced in copious quantities causing the body to break out in rashes and experience breathing problems which may turn out to be life threatening in extreme cases. The surprising fact is that it is a sugar which acts as the allergen here instead of protein.
It is not necessary that you will be allergic to every type of meat be it red or white if your body rejects a particular type of meat. The culprit may also turn out to be the processing chemicals in some cases leaving you free to eat fresh meat cooked at home. The kinds of meat that may prove to be allergic for some people are:-
- Beef, Buffalo, Veal
- Rabbit, Kangaroo, Opossum
- Goat, Ibex, Lamb
- Pork, Wild Boar
The risks for developing the allergy are likely to be high for:-
- Australians who are believed to be more prone to this type of allergy.
- People with tick bites might experience severe kind of allergies resulting in delayed anaphylaxis
- People with Blood Groups A and O are believed to be susceptible to red meat allergies.
Meat Allergy Symptoms
The symptoms start becoming obvious after almost 3-4 hours of consuming the meat. It initially starts with itching and swelling of the lips and mouth along with a break out of hives on the skin. The other symptoms include:-
- Constriction of the throat
- Tingling around the mouth
- Profuse Sweating
- Alternative constipation and diarrhea
- Gaining of body weight.
- Headaches and Insomnia including blurring of sight.
- Breathing problems and wheezing
Diagnosis of Meat Allergy
- Blood Tests- for detection of the antibody IgE.
- Food Challenge- The suspected food is given to the patient and reaction noted.
- Food Elimination Tests- The food likely to cause the allergy is removed from the diet of the patient for a period of time.
- Desensitization- Introducing the offending allergen in miniscule quantities into the patient's body over a long period of time so that the patient gets used to it.
Skin Prick tests are not effective against meat allergies.
Treating Meat Allergy Symptoms
- Avoidance of all meat products
- Anti Histamine Drugs- for relieving the hay fever like symptoms.
- Bronchodialators- For relieving respiratory distress
- Epinephrine injections- In severe cases where the patient loses consciousness
Diagnosing meat allergy is quite difficult and may require several tests before the cause of the allergy becomes apparent. However, the incidence of the allergy is extremely low and most people can safely consume meat and meat products without any kind of associated effects.
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