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Meat allergy

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 19, 2007
  • 02:02 PM

Hello, I am 15 years old and am allergic to all land meat, and some seafood allso. This also includes eggs. Why would this be?

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  • It could be an allergy to specific types of protein, or chemicals used in processing meat, etc. You might want to speak with a nutritionalist or allergist about more "organic" types of foods (in this case, meat from animals raised without any kind of hormone therapy), but it would probably depend on how bad your allergy is- if you're getting rashes it would be one thing, but if you go into shock then it's not safe to be experimenting.
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  • were you vegetarian by chance? and then tried meat? My daughter has the same problem...a very serious reaction...her hands and feet get real cold and nails bed change colors red purple pale..she also will not go to sleep after wards...diahreah...low body temp and some times sweating.We have finally from much trial and error and suffering.. found a meat product deer meat.. We next will be trying wild turkey...and buffalo...on the test from the allergist it showed a bit of a reaction to beef and pork and eggs but chicken no reaction...although she reacts badly from eating. it..we have even tried raw egg suppose to be less of an allergin trigger.because of the lack of protein her menstrual cycle has stopped.Hopefully with the deer meat it will come back soon. also she has lost lost of weight and we are trying to at least maintain that..but when we try new foods and she has a reaction she does not feel well enough to eat then plus the diareah adds to the weight loss and dehyration...we have noticed that drinking 1/2 of a lemons juice mixed with water aids with digestion...Also seems like alot of people with celiac disease (gluten intolerance) have trouble with meat..I think that once the bowels are inflamed that other foods can irriate it causing more symptoms..Take care.
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  • i have had a meat intolarence since weaning. all meats i tried as a child (excluding chicken and turkey) caused violent vomiting about 5 hours later. i was diagnosed initally accuring s celiacs (opps spelling) at an early age as sypmtoms reflected this and colonoscypy results showed simular results. i was put on a high iron/protein diet (lots of offal) due to pernicious aneamia, my grandmother cooked foods as mother could not deal with liver kidney ect ( i remember at the age of 2&1/2 being taken to my grans for mealtimes and being very sick as a result) my mother eventually excluded meat against drs wishes and problems got better (including pernisious aneamia) since my childhood illness a rare metobolic condition of entrokienaise deficincey has been discovered and i fit the criteria. having discussed this with my gastrentoroligist (after onset of gallstones following eating dish containing lard that was supposed to be veggie) he thinks i may have this condition but wont make a decission as my childhood hospital notes have been destroyed as i have not been under the hospital in 30 years. in entrokienase diffency the enzyme that changes meat protien into the natural occuring protien in turkey and chicken is missing, hence i could eat chicken or turkey as a child but not proper meat. my gasto thinks i can no longer be tested as i was brought up as a vegan since 3 years old and intollarence tests will be flawed. also entrokienase diffencey has 13 current diagnosed patients worldwide it would be in my surgeons interest to try and discover if this is the cause (case no 14) but he just says too much trouble if vegan diet works stick to it.
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  • were you vegetarian by chance? and then tried meat? My daughter has the same problem...a very serious reaction...her hands and feet get real cold and nails bed change colors red purple pale..she also will not go to sleep after wards...diahreah...low body temp and some times sweating.We have finally from much trial and error and suffering.. found a meat product deer meat.. We next will be trying wild turkey...and buffalo...on the test from the allergist it showed a bit of a reaction to beef and pork and eggs but chicken no reaction...although she reacts badly from eating. it..we have even tried raw egg suppose to be less of an allergin trigger.because of the lack of protein her menstrual cycle has stopped.Hopefully with the deer meat it will come back soon. also she has lost lost of weight and we are trying to at least maintain that..but when we try new foods and she has a reaction she does not feel well enough to eat then plus the diareah adds to the weight loss and dehyration...we have noticed that drinking 1/2 of a lemons juice mixed with water aids with digestion...Also seems like alot of people with celiac disease (gluten intolerance) have trouble with meat..I think that once the bowels are inflamed that other foods can irriate it causing more symptoms..Take care._______Lemon juice contains hydrochloric acid which is necessary to process/digest protein. you can by hydrochloric acid tablets from vitamin store, health food store and even some pharmacy. I use them frequently since I don't always have access to lemons. Avoid using bottled lemon juice as it contains sulfur dioxide or sulphites which can can cause diarrhea. Supplementing you daughter's diet with vegan sources of protein, folate and iron would be advised considering the lost of weight and her periods. At least until she can digest more meat protein.
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  • Your original posting and several afterward sound like something that I have dealt with for more than a decade now. When I was about 21, I had to go to the ER after eating baked chicken. (I'd had some minor reactions to really fatty meats during adolescence, but nothing like this reaction.) After that visit, eating --- as you say "land meats" --- seemed to keep triggering the same reaction, though it took me about a month to figure out that this is what was happening.For me, the reaction includes severe intestinal cramps --- like gas pain that won't pass --- bloating, nausea, and sweating. Very rarely do I actually vomit from the reaction. I have found that drinking water helps (and maybe I'll try the lemon juice plan).When I'm having a reaction, other things can set it off. Eggs would be one of these things. Dairy products (including chocolate) are another, and high quantities of cheese --- particularly melted cheeses, as on pizza --- can set me off without eating meat first.After the first few months, I adopted a diet that was almost entirely vegetarian. I say almost because, like the person who posted about their daughter's allergy, I realized early on that I could eat venison (i.e., deer meat) without consequences. At the time, I thought that it might be related to the fat content of the meats that I chose, as turkey also seemed relatively safe. Only later --- after I started spending part of each year in France, where the farmers have protested the use of hormones and excessive antibiotics --- did I realize it had more to do with the chemicals in meat. In France, I can eat all meats without a reaction. Back home, I started to buy organic meats (since I now live in a place where it's possible to get such meats in the grocery store) and have had few reactions since. I've even found that now, after several years, my allergy is tolerant enough to allow me to eat some non-organic meats --- particularly poultry --- with only occasional flare ups.I should note that physicians have been baffled by my allergy (though I've never actually consulted an allergist or a nutritionist). My GP when I first discovered the problem was willing to run me through batteries of tests (much to the chagrin of my parents' insurance company) without finding much. Once I realized it was the meat, he gave me the option to just self-medicate with a dietary change. Having been poked, prodded, and scanned for weeks on end, I took this option. More recently, during a melted-cheese induced flare-up, I saw my current GP. She focused on my weight, which was somewhat over the recommended weight for my height, and more or less ignored what I was telling her about my allergy. (This is the only time she's flat-out ignored something I said, which makes me think that she may not have been familiar or comfortable with this condition.)Those of us who suffer from this kind of "meat allergy" need to get it out there in the open. I am firmly convinced at this point that we are slowly poisoning ourselves and our children with what we put into our food. Until more doctors read about this problem, those of us who suffer will continue to have to self-medicate and to seek out healthy alternatives that still meet (meat?) our dietary needs.
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  • Hi I am also suffering from Meat ( vegetarian animal )allergy since 15 yrs of age. I used to get fever, cold and followed by one side Cheek swelling. I do not have any pain on cheek swelling and it reduces in 3-4 days. I consulted many docs but no use...Please advice.Thanks... rpr321@rediffmail.com
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    • August 24, 2009
    • 03:05 PM
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  • Hi I am also suffering from Meat ( vegetarian animal )allergy since 15 yrs of age. I used to get fever, cold and followed by one side Cheek swelling. I do not have any pain on cheek swelling and it reduces in 3-4 days. I consulted many docs but no use...Please advice.Thanks... rpr321@rediffmail.comI have had worsening gastro problems over the past 5 years. Bloating, runs, vomiting, severe abdominal pain...no medical support since no tests could identify issue. Allergy tests were negative for any substances. Finally I decided to go on an elimination diet - started w/rice only...adding 1 thing at a time. Has been 6 months now. I react negatively to ALL animal products -- meats, dairy, etc. Have been following strict vegan program for last 8 weeks and finally feel good. Have not been able to work largely for the past 4 years. Plan on going back in November. Will be happy to bring my own foods everywhere to avoid the pain. Vegan really isn't bad...hope this helps someone out there.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 31, 2009
    • 01:11 AM
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  • I've also had a true meat allergy for years. Sounds like a similar story to many others. After years of doctors and tests in my teens, I self-diagnosed. Mostly pork triggers it. But upon lots of self-reflection, I've become a vegetarian. I feel so much better! I'm not Vegan though - and don't have the kinds of reaction to dairy. I have a true allergic reaction to pork as opposed to the food intolerance that some of you are describing. That's where you get hives, your blood pressure drops, you have tingling in your mouth, your airways constrict, severe vomiting etc...What shocks me is the mother on this forum who is still trying to feed her daughter meat after it's clear that she is allergic to it. That's very, very dangerous! It would be so much safer for her to adopt a vegetarian diet. You can very easily get as much protein as a carnivore. Go to your local grocery. Look at the meat substitutes. They are easy to cook with, look and taste like meat, and are so much lower fat and less calories than actual meat. Plus beans are great to cook with! It just takes a little careful thought. The greenest lifestyle is a vegetarian one. (And truly, if you're not prepared to kill an animal yourself and watch it die - then you shouldn't be eating them.) And all of you still eating meat after you've discovered your allergy, think twice. It could be very life-threatening. Don't play Russian Roulette with your life!
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    • October 9, 2009
    • 07:28 PM
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  • Just found this board :) My daughter (now 15) started getting stomach aches any time she would eat meat, by the time she was about 3 years old. It's so hard to tell at that age what's wrong, since they can't really explain things well. Within a couple of months, she started vomiting if she ate anything with meat in in, particularly beef. Chicken didn't seem to be too much of a problem, but one time she ate something with turkey in it at preschool that we weren't aware had meat in it, and she vomited all over the place. At that point, I completely took her off of all meat and she did so much better. She can handle dairy products just fine, though. She is a cheese monster LOL!I talked with her pediatrician at the time and he said she must have some type of sensitivity to meat, and asked if we wanted to go through allergy testing, etc. I declined, since she was doing so well on a vegetarian diet and I didn't see the need to put a young child through that if she was perfectly fine with her current diet.She has been a vegetarian since the age of 3, and is happy and healthy and loves the fact that she doesn't eat meat of any kind. I think she would have chosen to be a vegetarian once she could make that decision for herself, even if it hadn't been forced on her. Her twin sister, on the other hand, loves chicken and steak, and my DH and I eat meat as well, though I only buy organic. After reading everyone else's posts, It's good to know that my daughter and I weren't making it all up when she was younger. My DH had a hard time accepting the fact that one of his kids was a vegetarian since he was raised in a "meat and potatoes" kind of family. It took a while for him to come to terms with it, but he finally realized that she was perfectly fine without meat and that she was so much healthier and happier that way.
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  • I've also had a true meat allergy for years. Sounds like a similar story to many others. After years of doctors and tests in my teens, I self-diagnosed. Mostly pork triggers it. But upon lots of self-reflection, I've become a vegetarian. I feel so much better! I'm not Vegan though - and don't have the kinds of reaction to dairy. I have a true allergic reaction to pork as opposed to the food intolerance that some of you are describing. That's where you get hives, your blood pressure drops, you have tingling in your mouth, your airways constrict, severe vomiting etc...What shocks me is the mother on this forum who is still trying to feed her daughter meat after it's clear that she is allergic to it. That's very, very dangerous! It would be so much safer for her to adopt a vegetarian diet. You can very easily get as much protein as a carnivore. Go to your local grocery. Look at the meat substitutes. They are easy to cook with, look and taste like meat, and are so much lower fat and less calories than actual meat. Plus beans are great to cook with! It just takes a little careful thought. The greenest lifestyle is a vegetarian one. (And truly, if you're not prepared to kill an animal yourself and watch it die - then you shouldn't be eating them.) And all of you still eating meat after you've discovered your allergy, think twice. It could be very life-threatening. Don't play Russian Roulette with your life!Geez, where do people get these rules? I used to be mostly vegetarian until I developed an allergy to almost every grain, fruit, and vegetable there is. So yes, I eat lots of meat now, and no, I'm not going out to kill a cow, thank you.
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    • August 14, 2010
    • 04:22 AM
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  • I have had worsening gastro problems over the past 5 years. Bloating, runs, vomiting, severe abdominal pain...no medical support since no tests could identify issue. Allergy tests were negative for any substances. Finally I decided to go on an elimination diet - started w/rice only...adding 1 thing at a time. Has been 6 months now. I react negatively to ALL animal products -- meats, dairy, etc. Have been following strict vegan program for last 8 weeks and finally feel good. Have not been able to work largely for the past 4 years. Plan on going back in November. Will be happy to bring my own foods everywhere to avoid the pain. Vegan really isn't bad...hope this helps someone out there.I also have a complete intolerance to animal products. If any are ingested, including trace amounts I become physically ill. I get very gassy including sulfur or egg tasting belches, diarrhea, fatigue, nausea, and sometimes vomiting. The more I eat the more intense the symptoms. I have been screened for numerous infectious diseases including but not limited to Salmonella and Giardia. I have also been tested for disorders like Crohn's Disease and gluten intolerance. I also had a full blood count and many other tests run that I can not think of at the moment. Everything came up clear and I'm considered completely healthy. An intolerance to all animal products are very rare, but they're not unheard of. I have been on a strict vegan diet since April of 2010 and have had no problems as long as I avoid any animal products, including trace amounts. Look at the labels; you would be surprised how many foods and drinks contain animal products where you would not expect them. I hope this helps for anyone like ourselves whom also have these symptoms.
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    • August 31, 2010
    • 11:50 PM
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  • hi, i have been trying to slowly introuduce new foods to by baby since she was 4 to 6 months old, she is now nearly 11 months old, she is fine with fruits, custards, porridges, cheese, toast. but anytime i give her anything wth meat, (beef, chicken, fritz, turkey, pork, - home cooked or baby jar food) she gets diarrehora, and sometimes vomitng, the tummy ache can last up to three days. it can be causeed from the tinest amount of meat. i asked her doctor he said an allergy can not be diagnosed till after 12months, and to contiinue trying little bits of meat because she might get used to it. is this an allergy to all mearts, or might she grow out of it? should take her to see another doctor?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 19, 2010
    • 04:09 AM
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  • It could be an allergy to specific types of protein, or chemicals used in processing meat, etc. You might want to speak with a nutritionalist or allergist about more "organic" types of foods (in this case, meat from animals raised without any kind of hormone therapy), but it would probably depend on how bad your allergy is- if you're getting rashes it would be one thing, but if you go into shock then it's not safe to be experimenting.I think I have the same problem. The problem beginned with turkey. Each thanksgiving after touching or eating turkey my hand would itched very badly. The old I got the worst it had gotten. It now happen when I touch chicken, and turkey. Today it happen when I eat or touched it. It can be fried, of baked. Even when I go to a fast food resturant. My skin feels as though it is swell and boils are coming through my skin. In the beginning it lasted a few minuites now it lastest up to 4 hours and now every my lips, tongue, and mouth feels as though it is swelling. I have going to the doctor and been tested and she told me I was not allerge to chicken. I don't know what the problems is Iam still having the same symthoms.
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  • Ive been getting migrains from meat for the last six months. Im 25 now and realizing I cant eat meat or shrimp. Its depressing. Tonight is the first night ive broke into hives, throat swelling. This sucks. If your going thru it too im sorry.
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