FeaturesApril/May 2018 Issue

Ask the Doctor: April/May 2018

Ask the Doctor: April/May 2018

Q&A with allergist Scott Commins, MD, PhD, on the fascinating link between tick bites and developing an allergy to meat.

Allergist Scott Commins, MD, PhD, is one of the nationís leading experts on the alpha-gal allergy, an allergy to mammal meat induced by a tick bite. A member of the University of Virginiaís research team that discovered alpha-gal allergy about ten years ago, Commins now heads the laboratory that studies the allergy at the University of North Carolina. He also serves as Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology and has a clinical practice that specializes in diagnosing and treating patients with the alpha-gal allergy.

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