Is anyone allergic to meats?

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When I visited a new allergist he did a lot of skin prick tests for food. Interesting - the wheal for turkey was 3. I've never noticed that turkey bothers me, but then I don't eat it very often....usually on holidays. I'm guessing it's a false negative.

Does anyone have allergies to turkey or other meats? If so, what is your reaction? thanks, Adele

On Dec 12, 2005

I am allergic to chicken (not sure what rating my skin test was), and most other fowls. I can usually eat the white meat, the dark meat and soups made from the bones make my mouth, throat, ears, and sometimes eyes itchy. Soup seems to be the worst reaction. Lucky for me, my reactions are decreasing...

I still eat chicken, turkey etc...

Hope that helps.

Ali [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/cool.gif[/img]

On Dec 12, 2005

my son tested a 3 on rast for meat, but when he eats meat he says he feels fine...in general we stay away from red meat, but every once in a while he has meat and seems ok.

------------------ mom to Ari(5) - severe nut allergies, asthma, you name it - and Maya (8), mild excema

On Dec 12, 2005

I've recently reintroduced meat to my diet after 12 years of vegetarianism. All forms of pork cause hives. I've not bothered asking my doctor for a RAST, because I know he'll say, "you have multiple severe food allergies. You've eaten a new food multiple times, verifying that it doesn't come in contact with latex or your other allergens, and you've reacted every single time. You're allergic."

Anyhow, I seem to be allergic to pork. I also react to sodium nitrate/nitrite, so if I want bacon, it has to be uncured turkey bacon. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

ygg

On Dec 13, 2005

My PA daughter was allergic to pork for 3 years. It caused hives and wheezing. She has since outgrown it.

On Dec 13, 2005

If I was allergic to bacon, I would kill myself immediately.

On Dec 13, 2005

ROFL!

On Dec 13, 2005

Both I and my DD test positively for pork, 2+.

Our allergist advised that we should limit our consumption of it to once a week. I believe we exceed that now that I've found microwaveable bacon! (how lazy can I get?)

I am a bit uneasy about it for my DD, but since she had already eaten pork regularly without noticeable problems, she continues to eat it. The allergist said it's not an allergen with a track record of triggering anaphylaxis.

Linda

On Dec 13, 2005

My husband has severe allergy to deer meat, the last time, he had one bite of deer sausage and his throat swelled shut and his entire body broke out in hives. The sad thing, he loves it and grew up hunting it. We are not sure about elk, moose, or buffalo, so we just steer him clear of it for now. I have heard theories, that people are allergic to some meats, due to the hormones, and antibiotics that are given, and that is what some people are getting the reaction to, and don't know any better, and if they were to try hormone, antibiotic free meats, have been fine. Therese

On Dec 13, 2005

Linda, my reaction to pork includes hives, swelling of the palate, and wheeziness--all symptoms of a severe reaction. Are you sure you want to keep exposing your daughter? Sure, rotation may work, but not when she's eating it several times a week.

Anyhow, I also wanted to remind folks that while chicken, pork, red meat, etc, are less common in this country, seafood (fish, crustaceans, molluscs) reigns in the top eight.

In countries where pork is a staple food, pork allergies are more common. Poland is an example of this.

That said, my husband has had a LOT of false positives for skin tests, especially when it comes to meats. RAST and a food challenge disproved most of them.

ygg

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On Dec 18, 2005

Well, Krasota, as you say, they could be false positives and since neither I nor my DH has ever had any noticible reactions to pork, we continue to eat it in moderation. I've never asked my allergist about having a RAST done - probably something to consider when we next do allergy testing.

Now, my DH claims that turkey gives him bad gas, but since he refuses to be allergy tested, we'll never really know about that one.

Linda

On Dec 18, 2005

Thanks to everyone for your feedback on this.

I had ELISA tests done a while ago (thought I was having RAST tests done at a health fair) but tested 2 on all the meats except for duck, of all things! Duck?? I even tested a 2 for lamb - and I'm a New Zealander that would DIE before giving up lamb! Beef doesn't always settle well with me - but can't say I've noticed anything from other meats, turkey included.

I was a 2 on the ELISA for turkey and a 3 on the skin prick test, so perhaps it isn't a false positive. I was wondering how common the allergy is and how others react.

Thanks again! cheers, Adele

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On Dec 21, 2005

my dog has a pork allergy. i guess anyone-- and i mean anyone- can be allergic to anything. yikes

On Dec 21, 2005

Aidan is allergic to eggs, pork, all seafood at a 4+ on his skin prick test. He has reacted to dried egg whites & cross contamination of pork. When I say reacted I mean shot of epi & er trip. We have been fortunate that he hasn't reacted to seafood, but I won't let it in my house & we rarely let him around it. (I miss crawfish SOOOOOOOOOO much, even asked to go eat it for my birthday or Christmas as a present since Aidan will have to go to my mom's)

All of his major allergies are proteins. He does have a 3 on the skin prick test for strawberries. He rarely eats anything with meat. We have tried getting him to eat Chicken & Turkey, but to no avail. He is pretty stubborn & has his own comfort zone of foods.

Although you don't seem to realize you are reacting you might just be having mild symptoms. Or it might very well be a false neg. Hope for you it is the latter.

Take care, mandi

On Nov 11, 2006

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On Nov 12, 2006

My father-in-law tested allergic to pork (eats it anyway) and Jason is allergic to shellfish and used to be allergic to fish. One of his classmates is also allergic to pork.

On Nov 12, 2006

I can handle it up to a point...maybe once a month. If I eat it twice in one week or more, it feels like a huge stone is trying to pass my kidney (lower right back pain)---very painful.

On Nov 12, 2006

R who is MFA, EA, PA, asthma, eczema is allergic to beef and pork. He can eat: chicken, lamb, guniea fowl (big plus on the rotation diet IF you can find it and we haven't been able to for years now), turkey, venison, duck.

I have been a vegetarian for 23 years and had originally hoped to raise my kids as vegetarian but as R is allergic to most grains and vegetarian sources of protein (I tried hard) he is a carnivore.

BTW, he is so allergic to beef, he can't even touch a cow. He broke out in really bad hives from merely touching one once at a petting farm.

Barb

On Nov 12, 2006

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Originally posted by barb1123: [b]BTW, he is so allergic to beef, he can't even touch a cow. He broke out in really bad hives from merely touching one once at a petting farm.[/b]

That's probably just a coincidence. I react quickly to actual cows, chickens, deer, rabbits, etc, but I don't react to their meat. The proteins in feathers and dander are entirely different from the proteins found in the flesh. And I can hug pigs all I want--I only react when I eat them. Since piggies are smart and I *like* breathing, I don't eat them. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

ygg

On Nov 12, 2006

I actually tested allergic to pork once too--but I'm not actually allergic.

My one sister, however, is allergic to beef and lamb.

On Nov 12, 2006

I'm assuming the bump was for me!! Thanks Daisy! New discovery today was ham. A cooked ham at my moms house. Same thing, wiped it on her back and she broke with hives (quite minor in comparison to the raw beef). But still, she said she itched, it was red and little white bumps. We are quite disappointed. Deli turkey yesterday. The question with that is: is it the nitrates in the deli meats or the turkey?? If anyone has advice please keep sending it our way. I just told about our discoveries with my dd on another thread. I can't seem to get a link to it right now so if you would, please look for "seems to be going down hill..." it's not that far down on the main discussion board. Baby time is less than 48 hours away now, clocks a-tickin'! We will call the allergist this week even though we will be a little busy!

Kara

On Nov 12, 2006

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On Nov 12, 2006

Kara- We believe my son has a reaction to nitrates. Unfortunately that cuts out most ham for him. Had a pretty bad reaction once that probably should have brought us to the ER, but managed to get it under control with Benadryl (it wasn't until after the reaction that we put pieces together and realized that more than two systems were compromised). If you are looking at lunch meat - try Hormel Natural Selections. It's free of the extras that most pre-packaged meats have which means it has a much shorter shelf life after you open the package. It's not bad since my husband takes a sandwhich for lunch everyday. I have found it at SuperTarget, Super Walmart and many Krogers are starting to carry it. It's a little more expensive but after reading about what some of those fillers will do to you, it can make you cringe.

I haven't asked or searched but do others feel more comfortable with pre-packaged meat as opposed to deli meats?

------------------ Mommy to Aiden (1/26/05) PA,wheat,barley,soy,egg and others yet to be discovered and Connor (7/21/06) with possible egg allergy

On Nov 13, 2006

We only buy lunch meat at Whole Foods, which doesn't sell meats with nitrates/nitrites. It's cheaper to buy meat from the meat department, rather than the deli, so we opt for that. We do occasionally buy meat from local farmers, but the cured products all contain sodium nitrate.

I think Wellshire Farms is the brand boy is currently eating. I bought a Turkey Ham for him to eat off of for a couple weeks. We sometimes buy their other hunks 'o meat and the Koch smoked turkey parts.

Frequently, we buy a small boneless, bound turkey breast and he just cooks it up (plain or glazed) for his week of lunch meat.

ygg

On Dec 4, 2006

Coming back to this again. My daughter has now tested positive for Chicken - 4 on spt. She reacts to beef and pork with hives, and the allergist said since she has such a strong reaction to chicken, turkey is probably something we would want to avoid. So how do I get an incredibly picky eater to get her protien? Should she have a blood test done just to compare? I've never noticed a problem with chicken so the results really surprised me. Actually they pricked her a second time with the chicken because I think they (the nurse and Dr.) were surprised by the size of the wheal it produced. Any advice??

Kara

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