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Tick Bites Triggering Red Meat Allergies

Ticks are vectors of diseases, such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. But now, a new threat appears to be emerging from ticks whose bites can cause people to develop an allergy to red meat.
Dr. Tara Narula, a researcher from the University of North Carolina at Chapel hill, has discovered more than 5,000 cases of this allergy. Two years ago, only 3,500 cases were reported.
Medical experts tell us that this meat allergy is an allergy to the alpha-gal carbohydrate that is found in cows, pigs, sheep, and other non-primates. It is not found in humans. They theorize that if a tick bites an animal with the alpha-gal carbohydrate and then bites a human, it will inject the carbohydrate into the person’s bloodstream. The human body then mounts an antibody response that be activated after the person consumes red meat.
This disease is being spread by the “lone star tick”. These ticks are found in many of the eastern states but are most common in the South. Some studies show that these ticks are spreading to new areas as our temperatures climb.
Hives, skin rash, stomach problems, headaches, and trouble breathing, are symptoms of this allergy. Currently, there are no cures or treatments available. The only thing you can do is to avoid red meat.
Dr. Narula said, “In some cases it could be permanent. But in most cases we think it will dissipate over time, usually within a couple of years. But if you get tick bites again, it’s going to take longer to go away.”
“The important thing is to do tick checks”, Dr. Narula said. “When you come in from the outdoors, take a shower, put your clothes in the dryer on high-heat for ten minutes, avoid high grassy areas, stay on trails and treat your dogs.”