The Clinical Takeaway: Mammalian meat allergy following tick bites


In this episode:
– Mammalian meat allergy is the most common reason patients carry an Epipen in the Northern Beaches of Sydney
– This important condition can have a spectrum of clinical presentations from rashes to full-blown anaphylaxis
– Those who have been bitten by ticks in the past can develop an allergic response to vaccines made with mammalian products such as Zostavax, Flucelvax Quadrivalent, medications such as heparin and other products such as porcine prosthetic heart valves
– Repeated tick bites potentiate the allergy but if no further tick bites occur, it can settle over 18 – 48 months
– Lifetime tick bite avoidance is key




Host: Dr David Lim, GP and Medical Educator


Total time: 33 mins


Guest: Clinical A/Prof Sheryl van Nunen, Allergist; Visiting Medical Officer, Department of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Northern Beaches Hospital

Recommended Resources:


Tick Induced Allergies Research & Awareness – Website
Video: Insect and Tick Allergy (Bites and Stings) How to safely remove a tick
Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia – Website
New Animation – How to Safely Remove Ticks







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