Talking Points: A tick that can take a major bite out of your diet

Esme Murphy spoke with Dr. Hannah Lichtsinn about the timeline between a lone star bite and when you’ll first see symptoms.

“We don’t have a good sense of the timeline from a tick bite until development of the Alpha-gal syndrome. What I can say, is when people do develop Alpha gal syndrome, that it generally comes like two to four hours after eating meat, so it’s not an immediate response to the meat. You think about a bee sting or someone who has a bee allergy, that allergic reaction happens right away. With Alpha-gal, it’s delayed a few hours.”