Most people know that if a tick infected with Borrelia burgdorferi bites you, you can develop Lyme disease. But, some ticks can transmit bacteria that can lead to a potentially fatal food allergy.
Alpha-gal syndrome (AGS), also known as alpha-gal allergy is an allergy to mammal meat triggered by a tick bite.
Let's find out more about this condition and whether it can be reversed.
What You Need to Know About Alpha-Gal Allergy?
This allergy is unique in that it can be triggered by a tick bite. The culprit is the Lone Star tick whose bite can cause the immune system to produce antibodies against alpha-gal molecules.
Alpha-gal is short for galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose, a sugar molecule found in most mammals but not in humans.
If you get bitten by a Lone Star tick, your body may start developing antibodies against this molecule, which causes you to become allergic to meat from mammals, such as beef, pork, and lamb as well as derivatives such as milk, some dairy products, and gelatine.
Alpha-Gal allergy is also known as a meat allergy.