Show 1031: Could a Tick Bite Make You Allergic to Burgers?

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Can a tick bite Make You Allergic to hamburgers?


About a decade, immunologists have discovered that people who had been bitten by a tick of the solitary, ordinary star throughout the southeastern United States, may experience a dangerous allergic reaction to consumption meat. Beef, pork and lamb can all be problematic. But trying to calculate the output connection was complicated because reactions are often delayed many hours after eating a burger or BBQ on a bun. We talk to a specialist about how alpha-gal allergy is diagnosed and how it should be treated.

If you have had an experience of being allergic to burgers, Joe and Terry invite you to share it. Do you have questions about lowering cholesterol? You can email [email protected] before 8 am EDT on Saturday, April 9, 2016.

Guests this week:

Robert Dubroff, MD, is associate professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology and has a specialty in lipidology. His article was published in American Journal of Medicine .

Steven Nissen, MD, is chairman of the Department of Robert and Suzanne Tomsich of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. He is the co-author, with Mark Gillinov, MD, of Heart 411: The Only Guide to heart health you will ever need. was informed about the trial of Gauss-3 together with colleagues from the American College of Cardiology meeting in Chicago. The study was published online JAMA this week.

Maya Jerath, MD, PhD, is board certified in Internal Medicine and Allergy and Immunology. She is the head of the UNC Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the Center for Thurston Arthritis Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She sees patients with a wide range of allergic and immunologic disorders, including rare and difficult conditions to diagnose. She has a special interest in food allergy, eosinophilic esophagitis, and immunotherapy, and specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of allergy to alpha-gal meat clinical interest. Their website is

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