If you're sick after eating beef, it may be due to a lone star tick, according to recent research. Allergist Erin McGintee of East Hampton, N.Y., says she's treated dozens of tick-induced beef allergies and continues to diagnose new cases. Symptoms, which don't appear until several months after a tick bite, can develop within hours after eating meat and include vomiting, abdominal cramps and hives.

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