Dr. Scott Commins Discussed Meat Allergy With WUNC's Frank Stasio

Dr. Scott P. Commins was a guest on WUNC's The State of Things on July 11, 2017. In his interview with Frank Stasio, Dr. Commins talked about piecing together the meat allergy puzzle.

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Dr. Scott Commins Discussed Meat Allergy With WUNC's Frank Stasio click to enlarge Scott P. Commins, MD, PhD

Allergist Dr. Scott P. Commins, MD, PhD, discussed sudden meat allergies, reactions to infusion medications and certain tick bites in his recent interview with Frank Stasio on WUNC's The State of Things.

Unraveling the mysterious meat allergy began with two questions. What was causing a first-time reaction for cancer patients after receiving an infusion medicine, and why were they primarily in the south? Then, coincidentally, why were patients coming into the UNC Allergy & Immunology Clinic with allergies to beef, pork, or lamb? A lab test soon discovered these patients were reacting to a sugar called alpha-gal, believed to be related to tick bites. To learn more, visit The State of Things.

Dr. Commins is an associate professor of medicine in the department of medicine's division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology. To listen to the full interview, go to WUNC's The State of Things.