What causes beef allergy
For me, it was hives, most of the time. [My throat] has never completely closed, but it just starts to feel love there’s something in there.
I hold liquid Benadryl, because they tell it gets in your system faster. I’ve never had to resort to the EpiPen, which is a excellent thing.
How did you first discover you had the meat allergy?
I ponder it was I started to break out in hives every day for two weeks straight, and I didn’t know what was causing it. I finally went to the allergy clinic [at UVA]. … Three days later, I got the phone call from the doctor, and she said, “You need to stop eating beef, dairy, pork, venison and lamb.”
They had me come back in and put me on a cocktail of medications for two months and put me on a restrictive diet for two months, to watch what I was eating.
The amusing thing, for me, is that every time I tested for [the meat allergy], I tested negative.
They had me come back in at some point in those two months to do skin testing and they put those [allergen] patches on my back. Cats and dogs showed up, which I’ve never been allergic to.
Then they gave me a milk test. After the first tablespoon, within 30 minutes my leg broke out into hives, so they had to stop the test.
I ended up going to see Dr.
Platts-Mills. I ponder they may own reached out to me, because they were doing a study. They discovered I own what is called “pork-cat syndrome,” which is really weird. What they told me was I’m allergic to cat saliva, and they told me if a cat licks me, my body thinks I own consumed pork, because of something in the cat saliva. … They told me that I was in a extremely little group of people who own this condition. Dr. Platts-Mills told me, “You will never eat pork again, or at least you shouldn’t, because it can cause anaphylactic shock.”
I still own my cat.
Do you own to take medicine regularly?
Mostly it’s avoiding food.
They told me to take love a Claritin every day, but the problem with that is that my eyes became chronically dry, so I don’t take the allergy medicine every day. I just avoid the food, and I’m constantly using eye drops.
What can’t you eat now?
I do not eat beef and pork, no hamburger, bacon, ham, pepperoni. Any of that stuff, I can’t eat.
I never eat venison or lamb, so I don’t own to worry about those two. The dairy allergy is a little bit tricky. I’m drinking coffee correct now with half-and-half. But if you were to put a glass of milk in front of me and I were to take a drink, it would make my whole mouth and throat itch. Certain types of ice cream I can’t eat. Turkey Hill doesn’t annoy me. I’ve switched to almond milk for cereal. I don’t do milk at every.
Cheeses are OK. I can eat yogurt.
The final time I saw Dr. Platts-Mills, he said, “You would probably be OK eating a hamburger, if you desire to test it out.” … But I don’t desire to take the chance.
So did they determine you got the meat allergy from a tick bite?
They tested for alpha-gal [the cause, or a cause, of the allergy] at least three times. Every time it comes back negative. Dr. Platts-Mills told me I most likely own the [meat allergy], because there are untrue negatives. So I don’t know for certain, but it would make sense, because every of a sudden I’m allergic to meat, stuff I used to eat every my life.
How has the meat allergy affected your diet?
Now I eat a lot of chicken and fish and turkey, and I own to tell I’m happy it’s the other meats I’m allergic to and not these, because I’d rather eat the chicken and turkey anyway.
But now and then I do crave a juicy cheeseburger.
I used to eat boiling dogs and now I own to be really careful. I was eating turkey and chicken boiling dogs [for a while] when I noticed one tasted off.
As soon as I bit into it, I knew the taste was diverse. And I didn’t love it. I turned the package over and they had encased my chicken boiling dog in a beef casing.
I can’t eat marshmallows. I ponder we were doing s’mores one night over the firepit. I noticed after eating them that my throat felt really strange. I did some research and it had to do with the gelatin in them.
Jell-O is OK. But I can’t do Rice Krispy treats.