As if We Needed Another Reason to Hate Ticks

lonestar tick in frederick marylandIf you’re reading this, and have yet to have read it anywhere else, then you are about to read the most disturbing piece of information regarding ticks that we’ve ever heard of. Sure, Lyme disease can cause neurological problems and even kill you and the same goes for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever; but nothing so heinous has ever been conceived until now. It appears the Lone Star tick is capable of causing allergic reactions to red meat.

lonestar tick causes meat allergy in frederick mdIt’s amazing that a bug can turn you into a vegetarian, or at least make you swear off red meat. According to a recent article, “Doctors across the nation are seeing a surge of sudden meat allergies in people bitten by a certain kind of tick”. So there’s an uptick, no pun intended, across the country in meat allergies attributed to the Lone Star tick, fantastic. According to the same article, “Here’s how it happens: The bugs harbor a sugar that humans don’t have, called alpha-gal. The sugar is also is found in red meat — beef, pork, venison, rabbit — and even some dairy products. It’s usually fine when people encounter it through food that gets digested. 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. That sets the stage for an allergic reaction the next time the person eats red meat and encounters the sugar”. This sounds boring and we need to know what happens to people specifically after they enjoy a nice plate of BBQ if they have acquired this allergy. Well, here’s what happens: “In Mount Juliet near Nashville, Tennessee, 71-year-old Georgette Simmons went to a steakhouse on June 1 for a friend’s birthday and had a steak. About 4:30 in the morning I woke up and my body was on fire. I was itching all over and I broke out in hives. Nothing like that had ever happened to me before, she said. A few weeks later, for a brother’s birthday, she ordered another steak. Hours later she woke “almost hysterical” with a constricted throat in addition to hives and a burning sensation”. We like to enjoy our red meat without requiring a visit to the emergency room every time we eat it. Even more so, we don’t want to require an Epipen on our person if we are even exposed to red meat.

tick control frederick mdMosquito Squad of Frederick loves our barbecues, as we’re sure many of you do also. We will ensure that your yard is free of all ticks and make sure that Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and of course vegetarianism do not befall you, or anyone in your family. There’s no need to risk going into anaphylactic shock because you just ate a wonderful fillet. If you have any questions regarding the Lone Star tick and this horrifying new revelation as to what it is capable of, give us a call at (301) 263 – 7220 or email us at frederick@mosquitosquad.com. We will allow for you to both enjoy your cookout free of mosquitoes, but also free of worry about having an allergic reaction to a hamburger.

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