Red Meat Allergy Linked To Tick Bites
Move aside peanuts, shellfish, fruits, or wheat. A bite from the lone star tick might spark an allergy to beef, pork and lamb, researchers say.
The meat allergy, known as alpha-gal for a sugar carbohydrate found in beef, lamb, and pork, produces a hive-like rash – and, in some people, a dangerous anaphylactic reaction – roughly four hours after consuming the meat. It’s caused by antibodies to the alpha-gal sugar that are produced in humans after they are bitten by common Lone Star ticks.
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