Posted on August 13, 2012 with No Comments
Recent research uncovers tick bite as the cause for a delayed allergic reaction to red meat.
If you are a steak lover, enjoy your meat while you can. The researchers state that any time around three to six hours after eating red meat for dinner, patients may wake up in the middle of the night with hives or anaphylaxis. The link between anaphylaxis and eating red meat had remained indefinable until recent research. The article by Susan Wolver, MD, and Diane Sun, MD, from Virginia Commonwealth University in the US, and colleagues, explains why if you have been bitten by a tick, you may develop an allergy to red meat. Their article1 elucidates this connection and discusses the journey of the discovery. Their work appears online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine², published by Springer.
Ticks are tiny spider-like bugs. When they bite, they latch onto skin and feed on blood. Tick bites occur most often during early spring and late summer months. Simple ways to prevent tick bites include avoiding bushy and wooded areas with high grass, walking in the center of trails, and applying insect repellent. It is recommended to shower as soon as returning inside after exploring or working outdoors and also to perform a full body inspection for any ticks.