Dr. Bernard Feigenbaum, an allergist at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, said that most people think about Lyme disease when they think about ticks and tick bites. "This study shows that there can be other allergic consequences," he said. "If a person discovers having reactions or unusual symptoms after eating meat, follow up with a primary care doctor or an allergist to see what is going on."
If you are allergic to red meat, you will need to avoid beef, pork, lamb, venison and other meat from mammals, said Despina Hyde, a nutritionist at the NYU Langone School of Medicine. "Poultry, fish and chicken are OK."
Learn how to avoid ticks where they lurk at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
SOURCES: Bernard A. Feigenbaum, M.D., allergist, NYU Langone Medical Center, and clinical assistant professor of medicine and otolaryngology, NYU Langone School of Medicine, New York City; Despina Hyde, M.S., nutritionist, NYU Langone Weight Management Program, New York City; Bruce Hirsch, M.D., infectious diseases specialist, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, N.Y.; July 20, 2012, Journal of General Internal Medicine, online
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