Can a tick make you allergic to meat

As if there weren’t enough reasons to avoid ticks, a symptom can develop in which a bite from a certain kind of tick causes an allergic reaction to red meat. A bite from the lone star tick, across the eastern half of the United States, can cause severe symptoms to develop after eating mammalian meat such as pork, beef and lamb.

How one tick bite can lead to a life-threatening meat allergy?

Tick bite can lead to life-threatening allergy to meat. The theory is that the tick harbors a sugar called Alpha-Gal. That sugar is also in meat, and in some people, a bite from the tick triggers the immune response. Unlike most food allergies, the reaction doesn’t happen within minutes of eating meat.

Are ticks to blame for meat allergies?

Certain tick bites can cause a red meat allergy-and now scientists are shedding new light on the condition, known as alpha-gal syndrome. Alpha-gal is a sugar found in most mammal blood, but not in humans.

Can a tick bite really make me allergic to red meat?

Aug. 13, 2014 — Bites from a certain type of tick can make people allergic to red meat, according to experts. As Lone Star ticks have spread from the Southwest to the East Coast of the United States, the number of people suffering an allergic reaction after eating red meat has increased, CBS News reported.

How is the Lone Star Tick causes meat allergies?

In the United States, the condition most often begins when a Lone Star tick bites someone. The bite transmits a sugar molecule called alpha-gal into the person’s body. In some people, this triggers an immune system reaction that later produces mild to severe allergic reactions to red meat, such as beef, pork or lamb, or other mammal products.

What is a tick bite allergy?

Alpha-gal syndrome (AGS) (also called alpha-gal allergy, red meat allergy, or tick bite meat allergy) is a serious, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. AGS may occur after people eat red meat or are exposed to other products containing alpha-gal.

Can meat allergy cause a life threatening allergy?

Some tick bites can cause a life-threatening meat allergy. If you suspect a meat allergy, your allergist can perform blood or skin testing to confirm the diagnosis. If your allergic reaction is severe, I recommend carrying an EpiPen. Often the treatment is avoiding the allergen, in this case mammalian meat products.

Can people with tick bites eat red meat?

For unknown reasons, some people have such a strong immune response to these molecules that they can no longer eat red meat without a mild to severe allergic reaction. People who are exposed to many tick bites over time may develop more-severe symptoms.

How to tell if you are allergic to red meat?

Then, he or she will ask about your history of tick exposure, any signs and symptoms you may be dealing with, and how long it takes for these issues to appear after you’ve eaten red meat. If alpha-gal allergy is suspected, your doctor will do a blood test to measure the amount of alpha-gal antibodies in your blood.