Lone Star Tick Bite Can Make You Allergic to Red Meat

August 14, 2014 12:53 AM

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If you love your red meat, you want to be sure to avoid a tick found in the US south and east (see map above). It seems like a truly strange reaction to a tick bite, but more and more people are finding they can no longer eat red meat after being bitten by the lone star tick. The allergic reaction can be so severe that a person may need to go to the hospital emergency room.

Typically what happens is a person who has been bitten has an allergic reaction 3 to 6 hours after eating red meat. The reaction can vary in severity, and can include developing hives, swelling and issues with breathing. With those who have a severe reaction, the person can even go into anaphylactic...

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