Written by Integrative Today | Medically Reviewed by Deborah Farley | Updated on
Alpha-gal syndrome is an allergy to foods such as beef, lamb, pork, rabbit, venison, and other animal products. It occurs when a person is bitten by a tick and that bite gives them the alpha galactose molecule. It is estimated that as many as 10 million people in the United States suffer from alpha-gal syndrome, which can have life-changing effects.
If you are worried about alpha-gal allergy and would like to learn more, then this blog post is for you. Here, we will highlight 4 things you need to know about alpha-gal, including its causes, symptoms, risk prevention tips, and why Soliman Auricular Allergy Treatment (SAAT) is an effective treatment method. Let’s get started.
1. It’s Caused By Ticks
As noted above, alpha-gal syndrome occurs when a person is bitten by a tick. In the United States, the primary source of alpha-gal allergy is the lone star tick, which is carried by deer and is concentrated in the south-central and eastern regions of the country. In other parts of the world, the alpha-gal molecule is found in other types of ticks.
2. There Are a Number of Symptoms
People who have alpha-gal allergy often experience discomfort after eating meat. In some cases, they may experience a serious reaction that leaves them unable to breathe.
Some of the common signs and symptoms of alpha-gal allergy include hives, headaches, running nose, diarrhea, nausea, sneezing, asthma, and anaphylaxis. The latter is a severe reaction that affects the body’s ability to breathe.
3. You Can Take Steps to Reduce the Risk
It is likely that many people in the United States are unaware that they have an alpha-gal allergy. One way to prevent alpha-gal syndrome is to prevent tick bites. It’s recommended that you avoid wooded, brushy, and grassy areas where ticks may be found, for example.
Other steps include using insect repellent on the skin, regularly checking your clothing for ticks, removing attached ticks immediately, and taking steps to prevent ticks on family pets.
4. Saat Is an Effective Treatment Option
As noted above, SAAT stands for Soliman Auricular Allergy Treatment. It is a powerful technique that provides long-lasting relief from allergy symptoms, including alpha-gal syndrome.
Here at Acupuncture Works, our treatment includes an initial consultation, evaluation, and the insertion of a 3 mm needle, which is worn for between three and four weeks. At that point, patients are retested to determine if the allergy has cleared, and, if not, the needle may be re-inserted for another three to four weeks.
Things About Alpha-Gal Allergy That You Need to Know
As this blog post has highlighted, there are a number of unpleasant complications associated with alpha-gal syndrome. In some cases, the reaction from an alpha-gal allergy can be incredibly serious, potentially even leading to death.
If you would like to learn more about how SAAT can treat alpha-gal syndrome, speak to our expert team today and schedule a consultation.
Meet Our Expert: Deborah Farley
Founder of Acupuncture Works,LLC in Lynchburg Virginia. Deborah is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Medicine as a Licensed Acupuncturist (L. Ac.).
She is also licensed by the State of Florida as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM). Deborah is a Diplomate of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
She graduated from the East West College of Natural Medicine with a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor’s Degree of Professional Health Sciences.