The Lone Star tick is primarily carried on deer and is reaching new parts of the United States each year. Initially the tick was found predominantly in the southeastern United States. Over the past decade the tick has been found in the eastern and central U.S. and appears to be spreading to the north and south.
The time delay between eating red meat, and developing an allergic reaction, is one reason the condition was overlooked until recently. A possible connection between a T-bone steak with dinner and hives at midnight was far from obvious. Researchers now believe that some people who have frequent, unexplained anaphylactic reactions — and who test negative for other food allergies — may be affected by alpha-Gal syndrome.
Measures the patient’s alpha-Gal allergy response, a tick-related allergic reaction to a sugar found in red meats, including beef, pork, venison, and lamb, beneficial in the diagnosis of delayed reactions to red meat.
Tick Bite Induced Meat Allergy Panel
Serum: 1 mL
Alpha Gal (Individual)
Serum: .5 mL