Mother now allergic to red meat, and it's all because of a tick bite

While the idea of biting into a juicy hamburger would make anyone's mouth water, this mother has been struggling ever since a tick bite left her allergic to meat.

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Janine Baumiller, who is a mother of two from Suffolk County, Long Island in New York, was left with the allergy after she was bitten by a Lone Star Tick.

The specific breed of ticks is distinguished by a white spot on their back. One bite from the arachnid will leave you with an allergic reaction that will cause welts to emerge on the skin.

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1. Stay in the middle of the path

When hiking, make sure to stay in the middle of the path. Weeds, grass and trees make it easier for ticks to crawl onto you. Don't venture out to the grass or bushes, where ticks are formidable to be hiding. 

2. Wear long pants and closed toed shoes

Protect your skin. Adding an extra layer makes it more difficult to latch on to you. It's smart to wear pants, long sleeves and hats, especially in the summer.

3. Invest in deer-resistant plants. 

Since ticks feed on and are transported by deer, try looking into deer-resistant plants. French marigolds, rosemary, mint and crape myrtle are just some of the greens deer tend to "overlook". 

See a complete list of the herbs and flowers here

4. Check your dog! 

Dogs can literally bring ticks right to your front door. Prevent ticks by keeping their coats short in the summer. Use your hands to check the fur, stopping if you feel a pea-sized bump. Favorite spots ticks like to hide include the ears, toes and under the tail. 

Dog ticks don't "harbor diseases that sicken people", but you should still be wary. 

5. Yes, repellant can help. 

According to TickenEncounter, spray with DEET does not provide "sufficient" protection. Get spray for your clothes like Permethrin, which instantly kills ticks. 

6. Dry your clothes 

The CDC recommends tumble drying clothes immediately for ten minutes after you've been outside. Ticks can easily "dry out" with high heat, but you should make sure the clothes are completely dry. 

Warning: Ticks can survive the wash. 

7. Tuck your pants into your socks.

This covers the small, easily accessible space in between your pants and ankles. Especially if you are sitting, it makes it easier for ticks to latch on. 

8. Stay in the sun.

Since ticks survive in shady, humid environments, researchers agree that staying in the sun lowers the risk for ticks. According to LiveScience, ticks "can't survive" in places with lower than 80% humidity. 

9. Invest in Permethrin socks

The chemical is successful in protecting against ticks, mosquitoes and other types of bites. estimates that permethrin-treated footwear offered 74 times the protection from bites.

10. Mow your lawn

Cut your grass, clean your yard, get rid of any extra firewood or wood chips. 


"I was having hives. Burning hands, chest breaking out in hives everywhere," she told Inside Edition. "I went to the ER."

Lone Star Ticks first started popping up in the Southeast, but they've been making their way up the East Coast. Doctors say thousands of people have been diagnosed with red meat allergies due to the ticks.

Dr. Erin McGintee, an allergist on Long Island, N.Y., told Inside Edition how meat causes the reaction after a bite.

"People take a bit of a burger and feel fine until hours later and they start having the allergic reaction," she says meat allergy symptoms don't always show up immediately.

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"It often happens in the middle of the night for people, which is extra scary," she added.

For red meat lovers like Baumiller, the tiny bug forced her to make a big change in her diet — now it's all chicken and veggies.

Anytime you're outdoors, wear bug repellent that contains DEET, long pants tucked into your socks and always check for ticks when you return home after being out in the woods or long grass.

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