Caption: Lone star tick bites
have been tied to red meat allergy.
But a tick bite
triggers an immune system response, and in that high-alert state, the body perceives the sugar the tick transmitted to the victim's bloodstream and skin as a foreign substance, and makes antibodies to it.
AN outdoors enthusiast has told how a single tick bite
has had a devastating effect on his health.
The diagnosis is relatively easy if there is a history of a tick bite
and the characteristic round rash develops.
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.
Mears, who is patron of the tick-borne disease charity BADA-UK and who has suffered Lyme disease, said: "When you're outside in the mild weather, protect yourself and your family from tick bites
and reduce your risk of Lyme disease.
Symptoms of Lyme disease can include a bull's-eye-shaped rash at the site of the tick bite
, flu-like symptoms that won't go away, muscle soreness and joint swelling.
If a tick bites
you, have an adult remove it with pointed tweezers right away.
At the facilities, certified nurse practitioners--under the guidance of a physician--provide patients with care for such common illnesses as strep throat, ear infections, pink eye, tick bites
, flu, bladder infections, bronchitis and allergies, as well as school and employer physicals.
Health-care providers should be aware ofTBE, should counsel travelers about measures to reduce exposure to tick bites
, and should consider the diagnosis of TBE in travelers returning from TBE-endemic countries with meningitis or encephalitis.
AAEs allergy clinic that had found a link between a reaction to tick bites
and the development of a sudden allergy to red meat, as well as pork and lamb, in people who had eaten it all their lives without incident.
can be difficult to detect as they are relatively painless but symptoms of infection can develop months or years after the bite.