Poultry Allergy-Causes, Symptoms, And Cure

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Roast PoultryPoultry allergy is a condition that affects about 5% Americans on an average. The allergies make it impossible to consume poultry particularly chicken, ducks and turkey. Surprisingly, eggs are usually tolerated by such people and experiencing all kinds of unpleasant symptoms at the sight or smell of poultry constitutes a different kind of condition altogether. It is best to educate yourself on the do’s and don’t’s  well in advance in order to remain safe and sound. Read on for the details.


 


Reasons for Poultry Allergy


A particular protein present within poultry meat may not be welcome in your body. It is regarded as a harmful allergen and the body secretes histamine that causes inflammation of the body tissues in an effort to create a barrier between the offending substance and your blood stream. The antibody known as IgE is produced as a part of the allergic reaction and tries to eliminate the poultry protein completely out of the body as well. Poultry allergy may also be caused if you decide to consume geese or other domesticated birds not commonly eaten by Americans.


 


Poultry Allergy Symptoms


  • Skin rashes

  • Ear infections

  • Asthma

  • Acnes

  • General Fatigue

  • Headaches which can develop into migraines

  • Digestive problems including vomiting and diarrhea

  • Anaphylaxis or severe reaction that can turn out to be life threatening is rare but may occur in isolated cases.


 


Treating Poultry Allergy Symptoms


  • Abstaining from all sorts of poultry meat and associated products is mandatory in such a condition. Some patients are allergic to eggs as well so remember to get yourself tested thoroughly before planning your diet.

  • Anti histamines that are available over the counter can help you to reduce the skin rashes and asthma like conditions appreciably.

  • Anaphylaxis needs hospitalization and treatment with shots of epinephrine.


 


There is no need to worry if you have been diagnosed with poultry allergy. Simply substitute your chicken broth and Roast Turkey with exotic alternatives and you are sure to enjoy your festive fare even more.


 


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Axon's picture
There is surprisingly very little information about this particular allergy out there, so I'm glad to have come across this article. I've been allergic to poultry and cod fish my whole life. I had a tuna fish allergy that I grew out of, and a cat fur allergy that started as a teenager. I don't know the mechanism by which some allergies start and others subside, and when it comes to this particular allergy, poultry, I'm curious if it ever goes away for some, or generally lasts indefinitely. I visited an allergist when I was about 15, and I asked if there was any way to get shots or take medicine that might lessen the allergy over time. I was told no, and that I should simply avoid poultry, and any attempt to lessen the allergy by trying to build an immunity to it by eating small samples of poultry could agitate the allergy to an even higher level. However, the idea of simply abstaining from poultry is easier said than done. It's in virtually everything and it has been incredibly difficult to avoid it at restaurants. If anyone knows anything about the lasting nature of this particular allergy, I'd appreciate a post.