Meat allergy linked to tick bites
June 20th, 2012
11:15 AM ET
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Helen Olive had her first allergy attack 11 years ago. She had gone to bed only to wake up hours later because her neck felt as if it were on fire.

"It was terrible," said Olive, who is 42 and lives in North Carolina. "The sensation was all over my body and then I developed hives."

A slender woman with wavy, reddish-brown hair and blue eyes, Olive might appear perfectly healthy. But waking up in the middle of the night with uncontrollable itching and nausea became a common theme in her life.

She was driving her motorcycle around town with her husband on a hot summer day in 2008 when they decided to stop for a meal at a local restaurant. "I had a black and blue salad with beef tips," Olive said. "Later I had the same reaction except the Benadryl would not work."

As her symptoms continued to increase, she made an appointment with the Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center. Her blood test showed that she was very allergic to meat. Olive's doctor informed her that a meat allergy was "not common."

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Filed under: Allergies • Health News • Meat

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  1. Shawn Lasorsa

    Most ticks do not carry diseases, and most tick bites do not cause serious health problems. But it is important to remove a tick as soon as you find it. Removing the tick's body helps you avoid diseases the tick may pass on during feeding. Removing the tick's head helps prevent an infection in the skin where it bit you. See the Home Treatment section of this topic for the best way to remove a tick.""*


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    November 24, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
  3. Mark Glicker

    Lots of allergies. Nothing that buckets of research money can't cure.

    June 21, 2012 at 8:37 am |
  4. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    That would suck so bad. One of my co-workers is allergic to potatoes. I'm not sure which is worse.

    June 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
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