By: Joe Graedon September 6, 2018 15 Comments
    Chigger Bites May Trigger Alpha-Gal Allergy to R…

    Have you ever been bitten by chiggers? Some people barely notice such bites. Others, like me, are highly allergic to such attacks. We develop severe itching along with nasty blisters that can take wee…

    By: Terry Graedon July 12, 2018 7 Comments
    Show 1128: What You Need to Know About Tick-Born…

    If you’ve spent time out in the woods this summer, or if you hope to hike or bike outside, you need to know about ticks. Ticks are not just icky; they can also carry dangerous diseases. In fact, tic…

    By: Terry Graedon July 12, 2018 7 Comments
    The Right Clothes Can Protect You from Ticks

    Avoiding tick-borne diseases starts with preventing tick bites to the extent possible. Outdoor enthusiasts are turning to a new tactic: the right clothes, which are those coated with permethrin. Testi…

    By: Joe Graedon June 4, 2018 10 Comments
    Why Is Alpha-Gal Allergy So Misunderstood and Mi…

    According to the CDC, “illnesses from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the U.S.” in recent years (May 1, 2018).  Ticks are on the move. These disease vectors are found from Californ…

    By: Joe Graedon May 17, 2018 11 Comments
    Are You Highly Allergic? What To Do About EpiPen…

    With warm weather, bees, wasps and other stinging creatures are on the move. That means people who are highly allergic to stings need to keep epinephrine available at all times. This injectable medica…

    By: Terry Graedon June 5, 2017 5 Comments
    Is There a Sugar from Mammals Hiding in Your Med…

    When someone has an allergic reaction to a medication, doctors often assume that the person is reacting to the active ingredient itself. Increasingly, though, people are allergic to another ingredien…

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2016 14 Comments
    Why Is Doctor Skeptical about Life-Threatening A…

    When a new health threat emerges, it can sometimes take time before it is widely recognized and acknowledged. Sensitivity to a mammalian sugar called alpha gal can cause a life-threatening allergy. He…

    By: Joe Graedon December 28, 2015 0 Comments
    Gummy Bears Are Risky After Tick Bite Allergy

    More and more people are being bitten by lone star ticks. This can lead to a tick bite allergy (called alpha-gal) that shows up as a dangerous delayed reaction to eating red meat. Some people develop …

    By: Terry Graedon July 14, 2014 5 Comments
    Life-Threatening Allergy to Meat Is Triggered by…

    Imagine waking up in the middle of the night with itchy hives all over your body. You might also find you were having trouble breathing. A trip to the ER could safe your life, but the cause of your my…

    By: Terry Graedon August 3, 2013 109 Comments
    830 Alpha-Gal Allergy (archive)

    In some parts of the country, emergency room physicians have been faced with a puzzling scenario: the patient awakens in the middle of the night with unbearable itching, hives, low blood pressure or t…

    By: Joe Graedon July 1, 2013 2 Comments
    Tick Bite Led to Red-Meat Allergy

    Q. I have two friends who have developed severe red-meat allergies, one of whom was told by his doctor that it was likely tick-bite related. What can you tell us about this? A. The condition your frie…

    By: Joe Graedon October 22, 2012 0 Comments
    Meat Allergy Is Not Imaginary

    Q. I have had serious allergic reactions for almost 20 years and have almost died three times. Despite this, doctors told me that my allergies (to beef, pork or lamb) were all in my head. When I neede…

    By: Terry Graedon July 2, 2012 6 Comments
    Strange Allergy Starts with Tick Bite

    Q. One evening five weeks ago, I had a weird allergic reaction. I hadn't had any supper or taken any medicine, so my hives were puzzling. But I had had a hamburger for lunch. And I often get tick bite…

    By: Terry Graedon May 7, 2012 14 Comments
    Tick Bite Leads to Scary Allergy

    Tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are quite frightening enough. Since the turn of the 21st century, doctors have begun to recognize a new hazard from tick bites. I…

    By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2012 10 Comments
    Meat Allergy Could Be Deadly

    Q. My 16-year-old daughter was diagnosed with alpha-gal allergy several months ago after numerous trips to the ER. She's had tick bites that itched, swelled and remained a large hard knot for weeks. S…