The following is a reprint of my Turkey Country Magazine column that answers questions concerning the tick-born allergy called ALPHA-GAL. I contracted this serious condition several years ago and was finally correctly diagnosed by Nashville-based allergy specialist, Dr. Keenan Smith. There have been cases of Alph-Gal recently found as far north as Michigan as well as a few cases in Europe.

I urge everyone to become educated to the dangers of ticks.

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