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Missouri doctor seeing more cases of tick bite that can trigger allergic reaction to meats

Missouri doctor seeing more cases of tick bite that can trigger allergic reaction to meats

FARMINGTON, Mo. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - One Missouri doctor says he's seeing more cases of a tick bite that can trigger an allergic reaction to certain meats.

In some people, the tick bite causes the immune system to develop an allergy to a compound found in mammal meat including beef, pork and lamb.

One patient says he had intense stomach pain, loss of consciousness, and foaming at the mouth.

According to this doctor, the culprit is the lone star deer tick.

"The symptoms are usually like any typical allergic reaction: itching, rashing, to full-fledged anaphylaxis with difficulty breathing, wheezing. It's a delayed type of reaction. So when you ingest a red meat, that reaction doesn't occur for potentially, three, up to eight hours later," said Dr. Kevin Boatright, with BJC Medical Group of Missouri and Illinois.

The doctor says he thinks the allergy is becoming more common, in part because of a growth in the deer population in the area.

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