When you think tick bites, you probably think Lyme disease. We're guessing you haven't heard of developing an allergy to meat as a possible complication.
Named after the state of Texas, the Lone Star tick's bite might have caused the thousands of sudden aversions to red meat that have been reported along the East Coast as far back as 2011.
The tick made headlines in 2012 when doctors speculated there might be a link between the tick and the allergies but weren't completely sure.
And now the number of cases are increasing as the ticks spread into the Midwest and southern parts of the U.S.
OK — looks like your chances of getting a Lone Star chomp have increased. Doctors say once you're bitten, you can develop the allergy almost immediately.
And once you're allergic, say bye-bye to burgers. Many describe getting hives, a swollen throat or tongue or a burning sensation just a few hours after eating red meat.
To find out why this allergy occurs, watch this Newsy video.