COLUMBIA, Mo. — It was a just a few pieces she sneaked off a pot roast that sent Chris Richey of Millersburg, Mo., to the hospital. She was covered in hives, her hands and arms “fire truck” red, itching so badly she was scratching the skin off.
“This allergy is so weird,” she said. “It’s turned my life upside down.”
Doctors had misdiagnosed her early reactions as a stomach virus or the flu, but recent research has validated what her own research had already uncovered: Richey is living with an allergy to red meat, likely brought on by a tick bite she suffered barely a year ago.