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The Heck? Lone Star Tick causes allergy to red meat?
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: June 23, 2017 09:21AM
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With the warm summer months upon us, doctors are seeing more cases of a strange tick-related meat allergy.

With most food allergies it only takes minutes or even seconds for symptoms like wheezing or hives to develop, but the allergy to mammalian meat caused by a lone star tick bite is different.

“It’s not the classic ‘my throat is closing when I eat peanut butter,’ reaction,” according to Dr. Scott Commins, an associate professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy & immunology at the Thurston Research Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. “These [patients] would get hives and talk about G.I. distress, or needing to go to the restroom, and itching and swelling. Some would have to go to the ER to get treated.”

A type of sugar called alpha-gal, which is present in mammalian meat, triggers the allergic reaction, according to Commins. He said allergists across the Southeast and beyond have seen an uptick in the allergy, with some seeing one to two patients a week. He said UNC has 537 patients, and he knows of allergists with hundreds of cases from Macon, Ga., up to Southampton, New York.

He said doctors first noticed the strange reaction, which is sometimes called alpha-gal syndrome, a little over a decade ago and were able to slowly piece together that those who developed the meat allergy had one thing in common: Lone star tick bites.

“The question was: what in the world is happening to these patients that they all of a sudden develop an allergy to steak they ate successfully for 40 years?” he said, adding that the patients were in areas with high incidents of rocky mountain fever from the Lone Star Tick. “We wondered could this be due to tick bites? and we went back and started asking our patients and fortunately almost to a tee all of them said had a history of tick bites.”

As with any allergy, Alpha-Gal syndrome reactions vary with some experiencing sensitivities that go beyond red meat to actual dairy products, and others who experience hardly any symptoms, Parik said. She notes it’s important for people to seek medical attention if they believe they have an allergic reaction.

At this point there are still many unanswered questions about alpha-gal syndrome and how the tick bite causes it, Commins said. The tick-related allergy is so new that no government agency appears to have begun collecting data on it. He notes that while there is no FDA approved treatment, the allergy is not a life sentence, and it typically fades over time, though additional tick bites seem to the bring the response back.




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Re: The Heck? Lone Star Tick causes allergy to red meat?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: June 23, 2017 09:39AM
This species must become extinct!
EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!

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Re: The Heck? Lone Star Tick causes allergy to red meat?
Posted by: archipirata
Date: June 23, 2017 09:41AM
This calls for extreme measures.





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Re: The Heck? Lone Star Tick causes allergy to red meat?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: June 23, 2017 09:41AM
....heard about last year.....

.....so turning everyone into hipster vegans......??


.....more zombies......



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Re: The Heck? Lone Star Tick causes allergy to red meat?
Posted by: billb
Date: June 23, 2017 09:47AM
Flushing down the toilet was never a recommendation for getting rid of them here. Not crushing them either. Burn until they pop.
Get tested for lyme and rocky mountain spotted fever in some places too.
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Re: The Heck? Lone Star Tick causes allergy to red meat?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: June 23, 2017 12:11PM
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billb
Flushing down the toilet was never a recommendation for getting rid of them here. Not crushing them either. Burn until they pop.
Get tested for lyme and rocky mountain spotted fever in some places too.

We used to drop them into a jar of bleach.
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Re: The Heck? Lone Star Tick causes allergy to red meat?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: June 23, 2017 12:25PM
....tick....tock.....



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Re: The Heck? Lone Star Tick causes allergy to red meat?
Posted by: flareslow
Date: June 23, 2017 12:29PM
We stick them to a piece of scotch tape. Save for future reference if we get sick.
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Re: The Heck? Lone Star Tick causes allergy to red meat?
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: June 23, 2017 12:45PM
Yes, I became aware of this about a year ago.

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The horror. The HORROR!!!



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Re: The Heck? Lone Star Tick causes allergy to red meat?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: June 23, 2017 12:51PM
.....meat me in St. Louis.....Louis....??



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Re: The Heck? Lone Star Tick causes allergy to red meat?
Posted by: Acer
Date: June 23, 2017 01:01PM
Perhaps PETA has a new biological weapon.
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Re: The Heck? Lone Star Tick causes allergy to red meat?
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: June 23, 2017 01:02PM
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archipirata
This calls for extreme measures.

I wholeheartedly agree.





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Re: The Heck? Lone Star Tick causes allergy to red meat?
Posted by: DP
Date: June 23, 2017 04:14PM
have seen an uptick in the allergy

...uptick... heh, heh.





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Re: The Heck? Lone Star Tick causes allergy to red meat?
Posted by: AllGold
Date: June 23, 2017 04:21PM
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Paul F.
This species must become extinct!
EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!

angry villagers smiley

agree smiley totally.

And of course, lyme disease is a whole lotta no fun, too.



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Re: The Heck? Lone Star Tick causes allergy to red meat?
Posted by: Pam
Date: June 23, 2017 05:28PM
Rid the world of all ticks! And while you're at it, all the thorny vines! That would make both me and my doggy much happier.
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Re: The Heck? Lone Star Tick causes allergy to red meat?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: June 23, 2017 06:43PM
What actual place in the ecosystem do fleas and ticks fill? Why has the environment created them?
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Re: The Heck? Lone Star Tick causes allergy to red meat?
Posted by: neophyte
Date: June 23, 2017 07:24PM
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Racer X
What actual place in the ecosystem do fleas and ticks fill? Why has the environment created them?

It appears that mammals have more blood than they really need, and mosquitoes had a monopoly, so...
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Re: The Heck? Lone Star Tick causes allergy to red meat?
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: June 23, 2017 07:34PM
That allergy would be no problem for me at all. I'd take that over Lyme disease any day.
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Re: The Heck? Lone Star Tick causes allergy to red meat?
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: June 23, 2017 07:51PM
Needs more fire.











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