lone star tick http://hppr.org en Lone Star Tick Bites Can Be Agents for Meat Allergy http://hppr.org/post/lone-star-tick-bites-can-be-agents-meat-allergy <p>Lone Star Ticks are becoming more common on the High Plains.&nbsp; They look like other ticks, but females have a white spot on their back.&nbsp; On my return from hiking in western Kansas canyon breaks last weekend, I found one had hitched a ride home with me.&nbsp; I didn't think anything of it until I came across an article from the Wichita Eagle telling about an allergy to meat that can develop a few hours after being bitten by one of these little buggers.&nbsp; In the piece, allergist, Thomas Scott, says the allergy is not to the tick bite itself.&nbsp; The tick is just the vehicle.&nbsp; As with any allergy, some reactions are serious.&nbsp; The article can be found <strong><a href="http://www.kansas.com/2013/06/15/v-print/2848563/lone-star-tick-bite-can-spur-reaction.html">here</a></strong>.&nbsp; A little digging led me to another <strong><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/11/21/165633003/rare-meat-allergy-caused-by-tick-bites-may-be-on-the-rise">article</a></strong> by NPR last fall about the increased distribution of the tick, the causative agent of the allergy, and said there are no governmental warnings at this time.&nbsp; It also reminded me that an ounce of prevention, in the form of DEET, before I head out is worth avoiding the whole worry. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 14:14:12 +0000 Cindee Talley 17542 at http://hppr.org Lone Star Tick Bites Can Be Agents for Meat Allergy