Reports of meat allergies have increased in recent years. While uncommon, individuals have reported the unusual symptoms of a meat allergy after having been bitten by a Lone Star Tick. According to researchers, the anaphylactic reaction typically occurs 3-6 hours after ingestion of the meat*. Unlike the more common food allergic reaction, in the tick bite meat allergy, the body reacts to the sugars of the meat and not the protein. Researchers say the allergy may diminish in time if further bites are avoided*.
Author John Grisham also developed a meat allergy after being bitten.
Newly released article regarding children in Virginia showing high level of meat allergies.
- Avoid tick-infested areas, such as tall grasses, whenever feasible.
- Clothes may be pretreated with a tick repellent called permethrin. Other tick repellents are available for treating the skin, but be sure to follow label instructions before using any repellent. The following links are helpful insect repellent guides:
- Do a tick check whenever you return from a potential tick habitat and at least once a day. Remove any attached ticks promptly and carefully by gripping the tick with tweezers as close to the skin as possible and using a gentle steady pulling action. Protect hands with gloves, cloth, or tissue when removing ticks from people or animals.
- Keep ticks off your property by controlling deer and mouse populations - making your property less tick friendly - and consider an annual pesticide application. More information on tick proofing your property is available in the Tick Management Handbook.
- Wear light-colored clothing with long sleeves and long pants and tuck your pants into your socks.
**Taken from the Loudoun County Lyme Disease Prevention Guidelines: http://www.loudoun.gov/index.aspx?NID=1300