Lone Star Tick Bites Lead to Red Meat Allergy
All it takes is one bite from a certain kind of tick to trigger an allergy to red meat and now more cases are cropping up in Virginia. Doctors are seeing more lone star tick bites that are causing this allergy. At the University of Virginia, doctors there say they are seeing two to three new cases every week. Doctors discovered the problem just a few years ago. In some cases, eating a burger or steak landed people in the hospital with severe allergic reactions. So how can a tick cause that type of allergy? The bugs harbor a sugar humans don't have. That sugar is also found in red meat and when a lone star tick bites you it triggers an immune system response because the body thinks that sugar is a foreign substance. So when you eat red meat your body has that same reaction.