If you are a meat lover then you have to hold your hand to put it in your mouth. Doctors have found an outlandish and different mammalian meat allergy that is caused by lone start tick. The one who suffers from tick-bite can show swelling, itching, hives, stomach cramps and even death.
Dr. Scott Commins, an associate professor of Scott Commins, an associate professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy & immunology at the Thurston Research Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill said, “It’s not the classic ‘my throat is closing when I eat peanut butter,’ reaction.” “You need to visit the ER for treatment”, he added.
This tick is quite different from others. Just a few bites of this tick can leave you allergic. Mammalian meat contains carbohydrate molecule galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose also called as “alpha-gal.” This molecule completely lowers down the immune system, activating the allergic reaction in an individual. It’s sometimes called as Alpha-Gal syndrome.
The syndrome reaction not only takes place by consuming red meat but can also trigger after the intake of dairy products, showing very fewer symptoms at the beginning, says Purvi Parikh, a board-certified allergist in New York. The tick remains violent at every stage of its life and its number has increased in last two to three decades, according to CDC.
Lone Star ticks love to reside in warm places. Hence, the cases go on the rise in summer where people have more exposure to ticks. Thomas Platt-Mills, an immunologist along with his team hunted for such cases and collected the entire data about the patients. The results showed that around 80% of alpha-gal allergy patients were attacked by ticks and showed no symptoms at the early stage. “We report an innovative and severe food allergy-related to IgE antibodies to the alpha-gal,” the co-authors wrote”, the co-authors stated. All the patients showed the symptoms of anaphylaxis, angioedema, or urticaria that is caused by consuming beef, pork or lamb.