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How to Save a Tick for Testing

Save your tick for testing!

If you have been bitten by a tick, sending it out for identification and laboratory testing is one of the most effective measures you can take to determine your risk of exposure to Lyme disease and other tick-borne illness. If you discover a tick, promptly remove it using either fine-tipped tweezers or our recommended tick removal card.

Tick Removal Using Tweezers
Source: https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/removal/index.html

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Tick Bites Linked to Meat Allergy

Adult male and female Lone Star tick
Lone Star tick

A bite from a Lone Star tick may cause meat allergy.

 

Alpha-gal allergy, also known as meat allergy or mammalian meat allergy (MMA), is an immune reaction to galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose (alpha-gal). Although still controversial, it has been proposed that Lone star ticks (a.k.a Amblyomma americanum) have been linked to meat allergy. The alpha-gal sugar from the tick can be transmitted to the patient through a tick bite causing sensitization and ultimately allergic reactions to red meat. Continue reading “Tick Bites Linked to Meat Allergy”