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Like many of us, Linda Wilson loves to eat meat.

"Well, I am a carnivore!"

But since getting bitten by a tick in 2015,

"Two hours after I had a hamburger I started breaking out in hives. "

The meat lover developed a meat allergy and can no longer eat hamburgers, pork chops, and bacon.

"I can't have ham! I can't have lamb and probably venison."

Dr.Saju Eapen who specializes in asthma and allergies says the symptoms are varied.

"People are bitten all the time and they can get many different problems with tick bites like lime disease or develop an allergy to red meats. You can get simple symptoms such as hives and itching. But it can also lead to severe allergies and even death."

He says you can also get bitten and not realize it - as in the case of Wilson's.

"So if I get bitten by a tick, when should I be concerned?"

"If you start noticing itching or hives or diarrhea a few minutes or a few hours after eating red meat then it's time to seek help." 

If you develop a meat allergy as a result of a tick bite, Wilson says there is "some" good news ... Since the tick bite she has lost weight.

If you're planning to hit the lake or the river, here are a few tips:

Avoid tick infested areas such as tall grass.
 
Walk in the center of trails and avoid brushing against weeds and keep grass and underbrush cut and thin.
 

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