Consumer Reports: How a Tick Bite Can Give You a Red Meat Allergy
Scientists think that lone star ticks can induce an allergy to red meat. Here's how to protect yourself.
Most of us worry about Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever when getting a tick bite. But different species of ticks can transmit a variety of diseases—and at least one very unusual ailment, scientists have learned: an allergy to red meat.
A growing body of evidence shows that the lone star tick—most prevalent in the southeastern U.S.—could be the cause of an allergy to a carbohydrate known as alpha-gal, which is found in red meat.
Read the full article by Catherine Roberts on Consumer Report's website here.
May 8, 2022
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While it may not be practical to completely avoid all of these scenarios, trying your best to reduce and minimize attractors can be highly beneficial.