In the past decade, the authoritative American allergist Scott Commins was one of the first who described the acquisition of the allergy “alpha-gal” (α-Gal) because of the bites of mites of the species Lone Star. Then he knew only a few dozen cases around the world, but today Commines with unconcealed horror states: only in the US there are more than 5,000 infected people. And there is no cure for this disease.
Alfa-gal is a specific complex carbohydrate that is produced in the body of many mammals, but not of humans. By default, it is not dangerous for people, but experts state that after staying inside the mite carbohydrate somehow changes, and the human immune system begins to perceive it as an aggressor, with all the ensuing consequences. This is only a theory that helps to understand approximately where the danger comes from.
A tick, having eaten an alpha-hal from the blood of a cow, transmits its dangerous modification to a person and the person has an allergy to this carbohydrate. Now any red meat, including pork, plus dairy products, the body takes for a toxin and starts a fierce struggle with them. Nausea, swelling, choking, upset stomach, etc., – the condition is a combination of allergy symptoms and severe food poisoning. There have not yet been any deaths, but thousands of patients have already been hospitalized.
Ice cream and the usual curd – and they fall into the sphere of risk. Until the very end of life, since modern medicine can not offer any help, other than recommendations for abstinence. Worse yet, this allergy is related to vector-borne diseases, the number of which has tripled in the period 2004-2016. The reason lies in the global warming and the increase in the time of tick activity in the year, and then it will only get worse, experts warn.js.src = “&version=v2.8”; 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));