Alpha-gal syndrome(AGS), a potentially life-threatening allergy with delayed reactions to mammal products, is an intimidating diagnosis to be faced with. Initially, the shock of giving up beef, pork, lamb and other mammal meat is upsetting, but it seems simple enough, right?… Read the rest
Fact: Nobody likes tick bites. Avoiding tick bites is something that seems like a common sense notion, but in reality avoiding them is growing more and more difficult with every passing year as species and diseases spread in unprecedented numbers. From the classic Lyme disease that may become chronic if not treated promptly, to newly discovered conditions like alpha-gal syndrome (mammal product/meat allergy) that can be induced the moment a tick bites, to acute life-threatening viral infections like Powassan, it seems like every year another reason to prevent tick bites comes to light.… Read the rest
How is Alpha-Gal Syndrome Diagnosed?
Considering alpha-gal syndrome(AGS) is relatively new to medicine in the grand scheme of things, diagnosing the ailment can be tricky, to say the least1. From symptoms that are easily confused with other more famous or common issues, to a general lack of common knowledge on the subject, doctors are put to the test when called on to recognise this condition. … Read the rest
Alpha-gal syndrome (AGS), characterized by the sudden onset of an often atypical allergic reaction to mammal products and sometimes carrageenan, was not described until 2009. As awareness of alpha-gal syndrome and the ticks that are known to trigger it spread, so too do the number of confirmed cases. … Read the rest