Alpha-gal allergy

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What is alpha-gal allergy?

Alpha-Gal Allergy is an allergic reaction to Galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose; it is also sometimes referred to as Meat Allergy. Individuals with Alpha-Gal have a reaction to mammal meat or products containing mammal meat, but do not react to fish or chicken. It is believed to be caused by a tick bite.

Common symptoms reported by people with alpha-gal allergy

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with alpha-gal allergy

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)

Data from patients with alpha-gal allergy, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with alpha-gal allergy

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) hunger
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with alpha-gal allergy, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has alpha-gal allergy on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 0
30s 4
40s 5
50s 2
60s 3
70+ 0
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1
20-29 years 0
30-39 years 0
40-49 years 0
50-59 years 1
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 5
Female 10

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2
Not Diagnosed 0

These charts show data from alpha-gal allergy patients who have completed their condition history
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