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Red Meat Tick Allergy

Jennifer Smith

Posted on December 11 2018

How much do you love eating meat? Well, what if you couldn't eat any red meat or anything from an animal again? No milk, jello, pudding - nothing. Additionally, wool clothes will be out of the question and any other fibers from animals.

This is the reality for thousands of Americans across the nation who suffer from the red meat allergy brought on by the Lone Star Tick. 

"The illness, which generally goes by the name “alpha-gal allergy” after the component of meat that triggers it, is a trial that McGraw and her family are still learning to cope with. In much the same way, medicine is grappling with it too. Allergies occur when our immune systems perceive something that ought to be familiar as foreign. For scientists, alpha-gal is forcing a remapping of basic tenets of immunology: how allergies occur, how they are triggered, whom they put in danger and when." (Independent)

Most outdoor enthusiasts do not even remember being bit by a tick. The allergy did not occur right away; and there is no cure for the destruction the tick causes to the human. 

Not all ticks carry red meat allergies, Lyme Disease, and other tick-borne illnesses; but as long as temperatures remain above freezing at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, ticks remain a concern. 

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