This seems to be one of the worst tick seasons in recent memory. But evidently that prediction is nothing new. Last year experts were saying the same thing. In fact, I experienced it firsthand when my husband was bitten by a tick and had a very alarming reaction. I wrote about it here. I remembered how Lyme disease affected my dad but this was a very different, emotional effect that I didn’t realize a tick could cause.
Ticks are most active during spring, summer and early fall, times when we are more often doing things outdoors.
Recently experts found that a certain type of tick, Lone Star tick Amblyomma americanum, can cause an allergy to red meat in susceptible people! While it is not common, there have now been over 5,000 cases in the U.S.
Common symptoms of this red-meat allergy include itching, hives, and gastrointestinal distress and onset of those symptoms can be delayed. You could experience them as quickly as several minutes after eating, or as delayed as 3-6 hours after eating red meat. Be aware that symptoms could even occur in the middle of the night after eating meat for dinner.
It’s imperative that you take precautions to protect yourself from ticks when you will be outside – gardening, doing yard work, hiking, etc. If you are bitten by a tick take it seriously and see your doctor immediately. Document any unusual symptoms. Don’t think they can’t be related!
Have you ever been bitten by a tick? Did you experience any unusual side effects?
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