NEWS: Tick bites may trigger allergy to red meat
Researchers at the University of Virginia say allergies to red meat are becoming more common, and that a substance found in tick saliva may hold the key to the mystery.
From the Richmond Times Dispatch:
Tick bites may trigger allergy to red meat
By Tammie Smith
Published: July 05, 2011
The ticks were so bad last summer that Dr. Fred Robinson, a retired cardiologist, could hardly go for a walk in his yard in Midlothian without coming in to find a tick somewhere on his body.
They were a nuisance, but he now suspects they also are to blame for an unusual allergic reaction he has developed to beef.
It sounds improbable, but allergy doctors say patients such as Robinson are cropping up more and more, and research is pinning down a plausible explanation for what may be happening.
Much of that research is being done at the University of Virginia, where studies are also trying to help patients whose only remedy so far is to give up beef or other red meats.
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