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    Yeah I wasn't really sure about that either. I've never done it before, but I'm extra freaked out this year for some reason. I won't, but I feel like I should just take a bath in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinb View Post
    I noticed within two weeks after getting bit. I ate a burger and started itching about 4-5 hour after. I had been doing some yard work earlier in the day and thought I might have rubbed up against an oleander I had in the yard. A week later I grilled up an awesome organic burger for dinner and woke up very early the next morning with my face/neck swelled up and covered in hives. I knew what was happening and drove to the ER. My family doc ordered a allergy panel and meat/pork were at the top of the bad list.
    About 20 years ago my Mom suddenly became allergic to beef and pork at age 70. The only meat she could eat was chicken (which she disliked all her life) and fish. My folks lived in a rural wooded area in Arkansas where ticks were prevalent and she spent a lot of time outdoors. The doctors couldn't explain why she became allergic but after about 5 years the allergies gradually disappeared. I wonder if she was a victim of Alpha G.A.L.
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    The Vegans have weaponized Ticks.....wow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimShea View Post
    Yeah I wasn't really sure about that either. I've never done it before, but I'm extra freaked out this year for some reason. I won't, but I feel like I should just take a bath in it.
    I think you can be comfortable just following the Sawyer directions. I've been using it for a couple years now, and the ticks just fall right off - they don't like it at all. I've even picked a tick off a friend and put it on my pant leg - it rolled up on its back. It does suck wearing long pants, but I have friends and family with Lyme, which sucks a lot worse. I put it on shoes (if fabric), socks, pants and shirts, on the parts of the pack where it doesn't bead up and roll off, and on my hammock and tree straps.

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    I too have the Alpha GAL allergy. Was bitten by a lone star tick in 1999 and went on antibiotics right away for 10 days. Started getting seemingly random allergic reactions 6 monthsish later. Took me until 2010ish to figure out it was hamburgers and sweetbreads. Didn't figure it out fully until the Radio Lab episode. Thankfully 2 benadryls always get it calm down.

    Fatty meat is the worst, usually steak is okay. I can sneak in Buffalo or Lamp without a reaction usually.

    You have no idea how badly I would love a big juicy burger!

    Hiking in 2005 I would get the reaction every town stop until I gave up hamburgers!

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