Red meat allergy from tick bite
Posted on August 12, 2019
The lone star tick, found in the eastern half of the U.S. and Mexico, can cause you to develop an alpha-gal allergy. Alpha-gal is a sugar found in red meats like beef, lamb and pork. Lone star tick bites, it seems, increase the level of antibodies for alpha-gal in your body, leading to allergic reactions when you consume red meat.
The allergic reactions can be minor, but anaphylactic shock can also occur. There’s good news, though — the allergies tend to disappear in three to five years, provided the victim isn’t bitten again.
The lone star tick is different from the black-legged tick, which is infamous for being a primary carrier of Lyme disease. But the lone star tick is gaining more ground than its more well-known counterpart.