- Alpha-gal (galactose-α-1,3-galactose) is a sugar molecule found in most mammals.
- Alpha-gal is not found in fish, reptiles, birds, or people.
- Alpha-gal can be found in meat (pork, beef, rabbit, lamb, venison, etc.) and products made from mammals (including gelatin, cow’s milk, and milk products).
How do I make the alpha-gal go away?
You can take antihistamines or another type of allergy medicine to manage your symptoms if you have a reaction. However, if you are having an extremely severe reaction, you will need to be injected with epinephrine or even go to the emergency room. Many people with alpha-gal even carry around an EpiPen.
Can people with alpha-gal eat dairy?
Most alpha-gal allergic individuals tolerate gelatin and moderate, lean dairy products. Avoidance of these items is not routinely recommended. In general, if someone is able to tolerate dairy, they are very likely to tolerate vaccines and medications with mammalian-based ingredients.
Can you drink alcohol with alpha-gal?
Drinking alcohol or exercising may reduce the time until a reaction occurs. Exposure to alpha-gal by injection (from a medication or vaccine) may also result in a more rapid allergic reaction.