Blog: Ticks and allergies to steak

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As with any tick bite, don’t panic when getting it out but also realize that you may develop an alpha-gal allergy. Only some people who’ve been bitten by ticks develop an allergy to alpha-gal, a substance in red meat. There’s no cure for red meat allergy, which include various kinds of red meats, and even sometimes milk. So, wear bug spray if you’re going to be in an area where ticks are common. The use of insect repellents with 15 to 30 per cent deet, 20 per cent picaridin, or 30 per cent oil of lemon eucalyptus will provide the greatest protection. Wear long pants and long sleeves, and tuck your pants into your socks. Keep your lawn grass cut, because ticks love tall grass and clean up brush and weeds. Check yourself for ticks at the end of every day and run the clothing through a cycle in a hot dryer to kill any ticks that may be clinging on, and leave your shoes outside in the sun.

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