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Re: i hate ticks
« Reply #15 on: June 20, 2017, 03:01:45 PM »

yikes







http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/oh-lovely-the-tick-that-gives-people-meat-allergies_us_59496743e4b0579a1f392748

Oh, Lovely: The Tick That Gives People Meat Allergies Is Spreading
06/20/2017 02:24 pm ET | Updated 1 hour ago
By Megan Molteni for WIRED.


First comes the unscratchable itching, and the angry blossoming of hives. Then stomach cramping, and — for the unluckiest few — difficulty breathing, passing out, and even death. In the last decade and a half, thousands of previously protein-loving Americans have developed a dangerous allergy to meat. And they all have one thing in common: the lone star tick.

Red meat, you might be surprised to know, isn’t totally sugar-free. It contains a few protein-linked saccharides, including one called galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose, or alpha-gal, for short. More and more people are learning this the hard way, when they suddenly develop a life-threatening allergy to that pesky sugar molecule after a tick bite.

Yep, one bite from the lone star tick — which gets its name from the Texas-shaped splash of white on its back — is enough to reprogram your immune system to


nice lot of info

and ends with this

Wilson is trying to get blood samples from all the new outbreaks, to figure out if the patients’ antibodies correspond to the saliva of lone star ticks or a different tick species. That will tell him if the increases in the allergy are the result of changing range patterns, or if other ticks have developed the capacity to rewire human immune systems in the same way. That information would also provide further clues to the mechanism itself. As for a cure? There’s not much science has to offer on that front, besides Epipens and veggie burgers.
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Re: i hate ticks
« Reply #16 on: June 20, 2017, 03:20:48 PM »
Thanks Otter,  ;)
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Re: i hate ticks
« Reply #17 on: June 20, 2017, 04:02:09 PM »
I'm sorry. I don't think that looks at all like Texas.

I hate ticks too. As a young girl, I went to summer camp every year for a week. One year the ticks were particularly bad. I'd come back to the cabin to change clothes and I had the little bastards all over me. I freaked out and ran around the cabin flicking ticks everywhere.

Now that I think about it, it reminds me of my cat when he runs around the house trying to fling off a dingleberry.
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Re: i hate ticks
« Reply #18 on: June 20, 2017, 04:50:22 PM »
I'm sorry. I don't think that looks at all like Texas.
That's what I was thinking when I read the explanation. Maybe it was from someone that didn't know how Texas looks.  :P

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Re: i hate ticks
« Reply #19 on: June 20, 2017, 05:09:10 PM »
That's what I was thinking when I read the explanation. Maybe it was from someone that didn't know how Texas looks.  :P
Yeah that doesn't look like texas; but on the other hand, the common name for the brown recluse is 'fiddleback'  because it looks like a fiddle or violin drawn on its back
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Re: i hate ticks
« Reply #20 on: June 20, 2017, 07:57:59 PM »
My wife is in Texas   last summer the porch where she keeps the dogs was swarming with tick.  had to keep the dogs inside kept spraying but they kept coming back by the hundreds

Not sure if they came back this year


 


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