A project of the Alpha-gal Syndrome Awareness Campaign
The Epidemic You’ve Never Heard of
Alpha-gal syndrome (AGS), or mammalian meat allergy, is a tick-induced allergy to galactose-α-1,3-galactose. This sugar, commonly known as alpha-gal, is found in all mammals except for humans and some primates. Products made from mammals can also contain alpha-gal. These include mammalian meat (like beef, pork, and lamb), milk and dairy products, gelatin, medications, medical products (like heparin and vaccines), personal care products (like lotion and make-up), and many other items. Reactions, which can be life-threatening, may be immediate, as in the case of injected drugs, or delayed from 2 to 10 hours, as is typical after the consumption of mammalian meat.
In the U.S.,
lone star tick bites
are thought to be the primary source of sensitization.
Have you been bitten by a tick?
Do you get sick in the middle of the night after eating red meat?
Do you have unexplained anaphylactic reactions, hives, GI issues, or arthritis?
You may have alpha-gal syndrome.
What is Alpha-gal Syndrome?
Diagnosis and Testing
Expert Scott Commins Explains Alpha-gal Syndrome
Fast facts about
“…in the southeastern United States, approximately 3% of the general population exhibits anaphylaxis after consumption of mammalian meat.”
“In certain geographic areas and in populations with high tick exposure, the level of sensitization can be 15-35% but this does not represent clinical AGS, which appears to occur in 1-8% of sensitized individuals.”
“In geographic areas where tick bites are common, AGS is likely under- recognized and under-diagnosed. We suggest testing for alpha-gal IgE in tick-endemic areas as part of the evaluation for cases of idiopathic anaphylaxis, recurrent urticaria and/or angioedema, as well as recurrent, episodic gastrointestinal cramping of unestablished cause.”
*most of the southeastern U.S. and other populations with high tick exposure, including areas of the Midwest and much of the eastern U.S.
A reference section with links to the studies from which these numbers were drawn in is development. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We would be happy to provide you with more information.
Dr. Oz Introduces Alpha-gal Information
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What Do My Test Results Mean?
Management of Alpha-gal Syndrome
Alpha-gal Tolerance Levels
What Does AGS Make You Allergic To?
Checklist for the Newly Diagnosed
Avoiding Additional Tick Bites
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Find a Support Group
Patient Recommended Physicians
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Where does alpha-gal syndrome occur?
Help Find a Cure
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Join the Two Alpha-gals™, the ultimate alpha-gal lifestyle gurus, at the Blacksburg Wine Lab for an evening celebrating Clean Drinks & Safe Eats for those navigating life with food allergies, AGS, and beyond on August 18th at 6pm.
Candice Matthis and Debbie Nichols, self proclaimed foodies will guide you through their experience living with Alpha Gal and empower you with tips and confidence to dine out safely.
Kristen Thomas from the Wine Lab will be pouring and teaching you all about clean natural wines, and guiding you through BWL’s allergy friendly menu!
Partial proceeds from the event will go towards Dr. Scott Commins’ Alpha Gal Allergy Research Fund.
$10 per person
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