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Old Thu, Jul-12-18, 20:42
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Question Allergic reaction to meat products

When I was young, I was allergic to poultry. The only part of a chicken I could eat was the liver! I usually tried to stay away from eating poultry because I would feel horrible afterward. By my late 20s, the allergy had disappeared.

Yesterday, I ate pork rinds. This is not something I have eaten throughout my life, but I felt like eating a low carb crunchy (junk) snack food.

About three hours after eating them, I became the most itchy I have ever been. I think I broke out in hives from my waist to my toes. Even my ears felt like they were closing up. I didn't turn on the light to look, so I don't know if my hives were red, but I do know they were raised because I could feel them. I took some Benadryl and put on anti-itch lotion and finally went to sleep. When I woke up, I was OK.

Has anyone else had a reaction to meat or meat products? Researching this, I found these interesting links.

Pork-Cat Syndrome (I am allergic to cats.)

Tick Bite-Induced Meat Allergies

It's also possible I was having a reaction to the high temperature in the room where I was sleeping because the air conditioner hadn't been on in there, so it was hot. However, the more I think about it, I think it was the pork rinds. Needless to say, I'm not going to rush to the store to buy more anytime soon.

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Old Thu, Jul-12-18, 21:07
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Were they flavored pork rinds or just fried pork skin and salt? What brand if you wish to share.../
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Old Thu, Jul-12-18, 21:31
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Were they flavored pork rinds or just fried pork skin and salt? What brand if you wish to share.../


Mac's Original Fried Pork Skins

Ingredients: Fried pork skins, salt.
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Old Thu, Jul-12-18, 21:55
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If I had this reaction, I would be concerned as well. Since I eat pork rinds with only pork and salt, and I've never had a bad reaction, I can only sympathize and hope that you don't experience this reaction again.

Specifically, I've never had a bad reaction to any meats. To be clear, the meats that I eat are whole pastured foods without additives or chemicals. As for pork rinds, I'll continue to eat the brands that I've been eating.
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Old Thu, Jul-12-18, 22:01
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Mac's Original Fried Pork Skins

Ingredients: Fried pork skins, salt.


That's a pretty common brand.
I had begun to think I was developing an allergy to pork than I remembered I kept cooking it with pineapple and I think it was the acid in that but still I'm not sure.
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Old Fri, Jul-13-18, 05:49
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Mac's Original Fried Pork Skins

Ingredients: Fried pork skins, salt.

Walmart, I eat those too - and the flavored ones. Sorry, further no speculation for me...

Try again and see if you get the same result. Causation and Correlation can be tricky to link. As we all know, people with larger feet are far superior at reading and comprehending what they have read. This is true and bore out by statistics
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Old Fri, Jul-13-18, 06:12
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I'll save you a trip to an allergy specialist...doctor's best advice will be:
"don't go rushing to the store to buy more anytime soon."
They won't know, allergy tests are unlikely to pin point what it was, and may only send you on your way with an EpiPen prescription when a good dose of Bendryl will work as well.

I have a bunch of weird food allergies that can result in an anaphylactic reaction, I avoid those foods or the allergies have resolved on their own. Pork Rinds are pretty easy to avoid.

One thought though...what about the oil it was fried in? Probably not if you have eaten other fried foods in the past without reaction. Evans foods doesn't list what oil on their website.
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Old Fri, Jul-13-18, 06:43
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One thought though...what about the oil it was fried in? Probably not if you have eaten other fried foods in the past without reaction. Evans foods doesn't list what oil on their website.

This is the key point, and while I'm not consuming pork rinds like they're going out of style, I've often wondered about how they're prepared. I hope that any fat used for preparation is pork fat.
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Old Fri, Jul-13-18, 09:42
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If the labels just says "fried pork rinds" the fat used should just be the fat rendered out of the pork rinds.
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Old Fri, Jul-13-18, 15:11
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How do the commercial ones get so light and fluffy/crunchy? Like air is injected into them.
They are nothing like the solid sheets of pork skin you can get in a NC barbecue joint.
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Old Fri, Jul-13-18, 21:03
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I have no desire to eat pork rinds at this time, so I won't be trying them again any time soon.. Thanks for all the comments, though! I seem to be doing well.
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Old Sat, Jul-14-18, 06:08
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Hi, whynot18. I get reactions to processed meats, and also to smoked and aged meats and fish. I buy veal because it is not aged. I also get very unpleasant symptoms from factory-farm/grain-fed meat. Grass-fed/organic does alright.

I try to get eggs from chickens that are outside eating bugs and worms, definitely no soy.

Pork is not in my food plan.

I wish you success in finding what you can eat.
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