Tick bites and illnesses on this rise

Published: Jun. 20, 2018 at 11:57 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 21, 2018 at 12:37 PM CDT
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WSFA/NBC - Like many of us, Linda Wilson loves to eat meat but since getting bitten by a tick in 2015,

Linda Wilson said, "Two hours after I had a hamburger I started breaking out in hives."

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

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

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 Lyme disease or develop an allergy to red meats. You can get simple symptoms such as hives and itching. It can also lead to severe allergies and even death," said Eapen.

Eapen says you can also get bitten and not realize it, as in Wilson's case.

"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," said Eapen.

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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