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#3139812 - 01/25/13 10:46 PM Re: New Deer Tick disease [Re: BSK]
10 Point

Registered: 10/10/04
Posts: 3628
Loc: va beach

 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: pass-thru
My mother has it several years now, and she can't eat any read meat whatsoever. I had never heard of it before and neither and she. She was diagnosed by an allergist through bloodwork.

They look for the alfagal proteins.

It's beginning to appear that there are other ways to develop this allergy other than a tick bite (as the allergy is starting to show up in a few people outside of the normal range), but tick bites (from a particular species of tick) appear to be the primary cause.

She got through a tick bite, I'm sure.

#3185885 - 03/06/13 09:41 PM Re: New Deer Tick disease [Re: pass-thru]
8 Point

Registered: 12/31/09
Posts: 2396
Loc: Knoxville, TN

Add me to this list and I just recently was able to uncover what was causing the things you all speak of above.

It hit me suddenly on memorial day in 2004 after eating hamburgers. It started as hives, morphed into swelling of lips and airway and eventually caused me to black out and faint. I was with a bunch of doctors at the time who stabilized me with over the counter meds. Not knowing what the heck happened I forced it on myself several more times before figuring out it was the beef and pork causing it.

I can eat all manner of birds, and most meals I eat chicken to stay safe.

It really really sucks, being from the deep south I love BBQ and I had to give up pork due to this weirdness.

I would advise everyone to use the tick sprays available now and I pray no one else contracts this junk.

#3186152 - 03/07/13 08:18 AM Re: New Deer Tick disease [Re: Setterman]
Jerkasourous of the non-typical kind

Registered: 03/11/99
Posts: 65979
Loc: Nashville, TN

Although not a lot of research exists on this new disease Setterman, don't give up hope. I avoided beef for 20 years and it appears that the allergy has faded almost completely away. I now eat beef with regularity, and I've only had a couple of reactions, and they were minor (slight hives).
"Know where you stand, and stand there" --Jesuit Father Daniel Berrigan

"There is no reasoning someone out of a position he has not reasoned himself into." --Clive James

#3186180 - 03/07/13 08:53 AM Re: New Deer Tick disease [Re: BSK]

Registered: 12/05/03
Posts: 27878
Loc: TN

Very interesting, learned something here as Ive never even heard of this.
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