Daviess County doctors are treating as many as 500 patients who are suffering from a once-rare allergy.
Alpha-gal syndrome is spread through tick bites, and leads to allergic reactions after the eating of red meat.
Physicians at Owensboro’s Allergy and Asthma Specialists are seeing an explosion in the number of people diagnosed with the allergy.
Physician assistant Caitlyn Renaud says Alpha-gal is different from a regular allergy because of its delayed reaction time.
“People had dinner at, like, 7 o’clock at night and they ate a steak or cheeseburger. And they would wake up in the middle of the night with swelling, hives, and itching,” she said.
Other symptoms of Alpha-gal syndrome include abdominal cramping and vomiting.
The allergy especially prevalent in the south-east because of the number of ticks found in the region.