Red Meat Allergy


Doctors at Vanderbilt University say they’re treating an increasing number of patients with a red meat allergy linked to tick bites.

The allergy — called Alpha-Gal syndrome — can cause hives, vomiting or even breathing problems hours after eating beef, pork or lamb.

Experts say better awareness and improved testing methods are responsible for the rise of Alpha-Gal syndrome.

Vanderbilt’s Asthma, Sinus and Allergy program is currently treating 160 patients with Alpha-Gal syndrome.

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