Bad bite: a tick can make you allergic to red meat
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Dr. Erin McGintee, an allergy specialist on eastern Long Island, an area with many ticks, has seen nearly 200 cases over the last three years. At least 30 involved children, and the youngest was 4 or 5. She is keeping a database to study the illness with other researchers.
“It is bizarre,” she said. “It goes against almost anything I’ve ever learned as an allergist,” because the symptoms can occur as long as eight hours after eating meat, rather than immediately, and the culprit is a sugar — a type of carbohydrate — whereas most food allergies are caused by proteins, she said.
Not enough evidence to draw a conclusion.
Ugh! I got a tick in New Jersey or New York this spring. I have hiked for HUNDREDS of hours year-round on the west coast and never had a tick... but those East Coast ticks are vicious!
The East literally sucks in so many ways. Mosquitoes, ticks, lampreys...