Lone Star Tick Can Cause Red Meat Allergies
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October

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , /


IANNOTTI, KDKA TV NEWS ON PITTSBURGH’S CW. WE ALL KNOW TICKS CAN SPREAD LYME DISEASE BUT DID YOU KNOW THERE’S A TICK THAT CAN MAKE YOU ALLERGIC TO MEAT. SOMETHING TO BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR IF YOU’RE GOING ON VACATION OR SPENDING TIME OUTDOORS HERE. DAVID HIGHFIELD REPORTS. REPORTER: MARY ANNE BECKER LOVES TO WALK EVERY EVENING. SOMETIMES THROUGH THE WOODS. I DON’T THINK ABOUT THE BUGS. I DON’T THINK ABOUT TICKS. I DON’T THINK ABOUT ANYTHING OTHER THAN TAKING A WALK AFTER WORK. REPORTER: BUT MORE PEOPLE ARE GUARDING AGAINST TICKS THESE DAYS. AND HERE’S THE NEWEST ONE TO LOOK OUT FOR. THE LOAN STAR TICK. ONE BITE CAN LEAVE YOU WITH AN UNUSUAL REACTION, AN ALLERGY TO MEAT. HOURS AFTER EATING STEAK OR PORK — THEN THEY WAKE UP 1:00 OR 2:00 IN THE MORN WITH THIS HORRIBLE FEELING THAT THEY’RE FLUSHED. THEY HAVE THROAT CLOSURE, WHEEZING, AND THEN ABDOMINAL CRAMPING, NAUSEA, VOMITING AND DIARRHEA. REPORTER: THIS DOCTOR IN THE SOUTH HILLS TELLS ME WHILE REACTIONS WITH PEANUT OR SHELLFISH ALLERGIES CAN BE FAST. WITH THIS ALLERGY, IT’S MORE DELAYED. A FEW YEARS AGO, SEPTEMBER NORMAN FROM TENNESSEE FOUND A SMALL TICK ON HER FOOT AND WEEKS LATER HAD A VIOLENT REACTION AFTER EATING RED MEAT. THEY SAID I WAS ABOUT 20 TO 30 MINUTES FROM DYING AT THAT POINT. IT WAS VERY SCARY. ONE TICK. THE ALLERGY DEVELOPS BECAUSE OF A REACTION TO THE TICK’S SALIVA. WHILE THE TICK WAS FIRST FOUND IN THE SOUTH, THE LATEST MAP SHOWS IT SPREAD NORTH TO AN AREA INCLUDING PENNSYLVANIA. THE LOAN STAR TICK HAS NOT BEEN A MAJOR FACTOR IN THIS AREA UP UNTIL NOW. BUT IT IS MIGRATING. WHILE CASES HERE ARE STILL RARE, HE SAYS IN RECENT YEARS — I’VE HAD THREE PATIENTS I’VE


12 thoughts on “Lone Star Tick Can Cause Red Meat Allergies

  1. It is logical to conclude there may be many others with Lyme that now have sensitivities to meat for the same reasons even though it may not be DX as severe allergy. Scary stuff.

  2. My dog had this tick on her ear and that's how I found this video. Could she be allergic to dog food now since we buy organic dog food that has lamb and steak in it?

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