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Can a tick bite cause alpha-gal syndrome?

I was just diagnosed with alpha gal red meat food allergy after a tick bite and I m not entirely sure how i feel about it, Im told it can be as bad as me going into Anaphylactic Shock but all off that from a tick bite? How can one tick cause this much trouble and how bad can it actually get.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019
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Allergist and Immunologist 's  Response

Yes, a tick bite can cause alpha-gal syndrome. The tick bite transmits a sugar molecule called alpha-gal into the body. In your case, this triggered an immune system reaction that later produced a mild to severe allergic reactions when you eat red meat.

I hope this answers your query. I remain at your disposal in case further medical assistance is needed.

Dr. Gjustina Loloci, Allergist and Immunologist
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