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Dragonfly4
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   Posted 5/7/2006 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all.  I was looking for infomration on my poultry allergy last night and I found your site.  It is wonderful not to feel like the only one in the world that can't eat like a "regular" person. ( I am allergic to dairy, eggs and poultry. )  Mose people understand the egg and dairy allergy, but poultry?  I get some very odd looks.  I would love to chat with anyone with this or any food allergy.
 
Mary Powell

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   Posted 5/7/2006 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mary, welcome to Healingwell. I have absolutely no allergy to chicken or any poultry. I do however have an allergy to strawberries which causes a rash on my face and neck. Many people are allergice to poultry but it may be the way they are raised that has increased your sensitivity. Some are given antibiotics and/or supplements to help them stay healthy. Have you tried, I believe they're called free range chickens? But believe it or not, poultry allergies are not that uncommon and we hear a lot about that here. What sort of reactions to you get to these allergens?
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Dragonfly4
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   Posted 5/7/2006 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sherry and thanks for the welcome.  When I eat any form or poultry I get an itchie rash, as well as having my throat fill with a thick mucus and it's hard for me to breath.  The same is true for eggs.  If I touch uncooked poultry or eggs of any kind then my hands get itchie and swell up. I get a similar reaction with dairy products, but also have terrible stomach cramps. With my egg allergy, it makes my asthma kick up if I even smell them cooking.
My allergies were discovered when I was very young.  It was always hard not being able to eat my own birthday cake as a child, and some of my friend's parents use to think I was just being a pickie eater.  Thank goodness, people are a little more aware these days.  It does irritate me though when some manufactures put chicken broth in things like frozen veggies.  I mean does a veggie medley really need chicken broth in them?!  On a positive note,  I am  happy that  some restaurants are starting to list ingredients either on their web sites or in the actual restaurant.  I am not sure if Uno's is a national restaurant or just in my part of the country, but they have an awesome computer like machine in the front of their waiting area that list food allergens in their foods and also gives food suggestions if you do have food allergies. 
I think breakfast is the hardest meal for me, and forget eatting breakfast out.  Just walking into an IHOP is an attacking waiting to happen. 

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   Posted 5/7/2006 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I know only too well about odd looks and avoiding foods. :) I can't have dairy due to intolerances so I drink Lactaid instead, are you allergic to the lactose in dairy?
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Dragonfly4
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   Posted 5/8/2006 4:40 AM (GMT -7)   

It's not the lactose, because Lacaid and other products like it don't  take the reaction away. As an adult I tried those products hoping it was the lactose or that I had "out grown" the allergy enough to just be intolerant.   With the eggs and the poultry I know it's the protein that I am allergic, too. 

I think one of the worse things, is when people give you "the look" and then ask, well what DO you eat???  While dining at a Crackle Barrel on a road trip I had asked the waitress a question about ingredience and this lady from the table behind us, turned around and looked at me like I was an alien!  I'm not sure which is worse, the Oh you poor thing or the man you are werid looks.


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   Posted 5/8/2006 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes when I go out and say I can't have the salad or I can't eat fresh veggies I get the strangest looks not only from my friends but if anyone over hears as well. I've been dealing with my food intolerances for 14 years so the odd looks don't bother me. These people don't know me and they don't know the situation and so what if they look at you funny? You know what is right for you and that is all that's important. Lol, when people ask what do I eat I stare back at them and reply "Chocolate!" then they chuckle and go their own way.
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S2
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   Posted 5/8/2006 11:09 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Mary,

I just found this site not too long ago as well. It is nice to hear other people have the same problem. I'm the butt of a lot of jokes around my friends - not that it bothers me.

I haven't tried the free range chicken, but probably will at some point. I guess I have it better than most, I can eat eggs without incident and can handle raw/cooked poultry without it causing a reaction (which is good - my wife LOVES chicken). My reactions started when I was pretty young usually consisting of swelling of my throat and chest pains. Nausea is a crap shoot, sometimes I get it, sometimes I don't. The chest pains are by far the worst for me though.

If anyone has tried the free range, please let me know!

S2

Dragonfly4
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   Posted 5/9/2006 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Sharon,
WOW!  For the first time in my life, I think I feel grateful for the way my "fowl" allergy is.  My husband loves chicken wings and I think if my allergy was as severe as yours we might not still be married  tongue   No really, The smell of eggs cooking does the same for me and hands must be washed and teeth must be brushed before I can get kisses from my husband or children after they eat eggs.  The chicken cooking can affect me as well, but in low doses I can take it.  Touching it or eating it at all is still a no no.  Thanksgiving is hard.  Deviled eggs and turkey are still things I make for the family and end up having asthma issues, but I still insist on cooking such things.  I guess it's also better that I have always had these allergies.  I can't imagine having been "normal" and then allergic.  I don't "miss" those foods I can't eat because I have never had them.  Sure fired chicken, brownies and a few other foods just smell so good I know I am missing out, but others it's just like a whatever kind of thing. 
 I just found out I am pre diabetic so that just adds more no no foods.  It's hard enough when you feel like you can't eat like a regular person, then to have carbs taken away too, man.

Dragonfly4
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   Posted 5/9/2006 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Shannon,
First, sorry for calling you Sharon in my last post.
I think my allergy freaks my friends out more than it does me.  I am use to it and the behavior is just second nature.  They seem to think I am gonna die if i drink water. lol
I do have an epipen.  It has been a long time since I used it.  Actually the last time was after having a sip of a margarita.  I now know I can't have triple sec for some reason.
I wonder what it would be like to go someone where and just order ANYTHING and not worry what was in it or if it was cross contaminated.  I have never been able to do that.  I do feel grateful though, I know things could be worse so I try and count my blessings.

S2
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   Posted 5/10/2006 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   
WOW
No offense to anyone, but I actually feel pretty lucky now! Mine is just triggered by ingesting any "fowl". I can be around it, cook it (for my wife), and sometimes on very rare occasions I will break down and have a buffalo wing or 2. That's about the only thing I wish I could eat on a regular basis.

Does anyone know if this is hereditary? I have a 10 month old who is finally getting more than just her two front teeth. We've been holding off on trying any chicken/turkey/etc.

Dragonfly4
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   Posted 5/10/2006 11:09 AM (GMT -7)   
None of my children got any of my food allergies.  My pediatrician
suggested that since I was worried, I should try giveing the chicken at his office in the waiting area, that way if one of the children did react I would be right there.  I did that and all went well.  My sister has some food issues, but nothing like I have.  I hope your child is spared.  Also, just a word to the wise, be careful.  A slight allergy can go full blown at any times so those wings might not be worth a chance.  It only takes one bad reacation to change everything.       
 

Dragonfly4
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   Posted 5/10/2006 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
PLEASE don't laugh, but I won't eat tuna because it's "the chicken of the sea!"  I know I know, but it's a mental thing.  tongue
 

firemt
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   Posted 5/10/2006 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I always make fun of that. I am also extremely allergic to it so i can't eat it anyways. But it's kinda funny! allergic to chicken, and then the tuna "chicken of the sea" ... lol   (laughing at myself, not you :))

ringfire29
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   Posted 5/14/2006 8:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Just found this site since I was given a mixed sandwich earlier
today which turned out to have some turkey, along with the roast
beef and salami... Should have pulled it all out. It wasnt that big
a sandwich but I am feelin it now...

Just wondering if there is some sort of medicine we can take so we can
eat buffalo chicken wings(Duffs?) on occasion :)

I have a similiar problem with tuna as well. chicken, turkey, and tuna
all came at me when I was like 20 or so, while my peanut allergies
seem to have gone away... I wish I could still eat chicken though and
I never liked peanuts.

I tried eating a few chicken nuggets a day for a month. it seemed
if I ate them in the morning, I would make out better. I guess
the body has more trouble fighting it in the middle of the night. It
seems to take a while before I get any real stomach pains from it.
I can sort of feel it coming along within an hour of eating though.

I find it strange that it is such a different reaction than the peanut
allergy. That was like close off the throat, death type a deal.
I have had a few of those epi shots over my life :)

Not really sure I built up any resistance to it, in the month.
Anyone else try something like that?

-Greg

ringfire29
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   Posted 5/14/2006 8:39 PM (GMT -7)   
oh, the free range chicken didnt work for me. That was my first bad experience
back at home on the farm with fresh killed chicken.

firemt
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   Posted 5/14/2006 11:48 PM (GMT -7)   
hey ringfire!
 
Becareful, you don't want it to turn anaphylactic like your peanut allergy was. I hope your still carrying around an epipen just incase. My fowl and fish allergy is anaphylactic, in the last 5 months alone I needed to use 5 epipen :(  ... becareful!!!

Dragonfly4
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   Posted 5/15/2006 4:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Again I want to say, don't fool around with your allergy.  I am not sure what your reaction is, but EVERYTIME you are exposed to the allergen you have a chance of having a very bad reaction.  Just think you went for 20 yrs with no problem and then bam now have an allergy.  That shows one day things can work one way in your body and the next it's totally different.  Eating chicken, tuna, turkey and etc shouldn't be so important to your life that you are willing to risk it.  I have been allergic my whole life so I don't know what I am missing, but I do know living to see my kids have kids is more important to me that eatting wings on Sunday with my husband, having eggs with breakfast, or having ice cream instead of sorbet.  Hey, I am a woman who can't have chocolate.  If there is a magic pill out there I don't know about it, I wish there was, but I also know my allergies could be worse.


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ringfire29
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   Posted 5/15/2006 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I was searching around last night and found something
interesting. My chicken problem only seems to affect my
stomach, worst case has been throwing up. Then it gets
all better. Actually, i wish i would throw up most of the
time since it is rather uncomfortable if I dont.
I dont know that this should be considered an
allergy.

ever heard of these drugs

nalcrom
Gastrocrom
sodium cromoglycate capsules.

people seem to have luck with it for this sort of stomach problem.
Might even help with asthma and throat problems too. It
like suppresses the histamine and other releasers in the stomach...
i think I am going to order some, give it a try. if it helps my
asthma too, that would be great. i guess certain foods can
make your asthma worse so this would stop that problem.

oh, there are no real side affects since it isnt absorbed into the blood stream,
just stays in your stomach more or less.

armatis68
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   Posted 10/3/2007 1:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I am allergic to poultry and just suffered because of it. I like to work out but it is hard to find foods that are high in protein and low in fat. Knowing that I can't eat chicken I picked up some turkey breast and tried it out not thinking anything of it. I broke out like never before! It just doesn't seem fair does it. I know some of your allergies are worse than mine but eating fish gets so old and red meat is kind of gross. I love the taste of poultry too. Also, it seems the whiter the meat is the worse my reaction is. Does anyone know why? Can anyone give me more information?

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   Posted 10/3/2007 5:05 AM (GMT -7)   

Here are a website that may explain more about the ins and outs of poultry (food) allergies.

http://www.foodreactions.co.uk/allergy/

As to why you react more severely to whiter the meat - not a clue!  I tried finding something/anything on the internet and I couldn't find a thing.

 


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firemt
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   Posted 10/3/2007 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, 
 
Goat is an excellent source. It's high in protein and very low in fat, and it also tastes good!

pujims
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   Posted 10/11/2007 4:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello, hello!
I just found ya'all. I have allergies to poutry and have only ever known one other person with the same. She is my cousin and we were born weeks apart and always wondered if our mothers ate something that caused it. I cannot eat any bird meat. I do react to skin tests and feathers make me break out in hives. I have stronger reactions to turkey than to chicken and cannot eat anything with poultry as a flavoring in it what so ever. I also get sick if I try to boil chicken for my family (no chicken soup for them)YES thanksgiving is a terrible holiday. My kids seem not to have this allergy but the oldest is 17 and I developed it around 19. My sister developed severe allergies when she was between 16 and 19. She has life-threatening allergies to Sulfites, penecillian, and sulfer she also devoloped asthma at that age.
I found an alternative to poultry is rabbit. If you don't mind eating bunnies, the taste is similar to chicken and they make a good soup.

RyanM
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   Posted 3/27/2008 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all. New here today. I foung out about my poulrty allergy 10 years ago when I almost died. The doctors say it was a "food related exercise induced anaphylaxis". My exercising after eating a turkey sandwich. I am curently undergoing tests to check my true allergy to poulrty. After my episode, the allergist basically told me to avoid all poultry. That was 10 years ago. Now at 31 years old, and eating only red meats and pork, i'm getting sicl of thesame foods. Hopefully with these round of tests I might find out something new. If not, I guess its back to eating the same thing. One thing though, telling someone about a chicken/ turkey allerg. its funny to see their reaction.

pujims
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   Posted 4/8/2008 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes it is funny to see how they react to "I can't eat chicken, I'm allergic" Most thinks it's a joke. It took my mother-in-law years to understand. She used to say "Oh I forgot you don't like chicken/turkey".
  Actually I was checking here today after reading some more "heathy recipes" and getting discouraged at all the 'just subsitute ground turkey or chicken for the ground beef to save on fat' that I read. Good grief I guess heathy eating is not for me! I am tired of poultry being the staple in good eating. I am NOT going to be a strickly veggie eater  nono   I like meat. Oh, on a side note beware the pepperoni......many are made with chicken meat in them.

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   Posted 4/8/2008 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Ryan and pujims, Welcome to HealingWell.  I get sort of the same thing when I say I'm allergic to milk.  People will say, "Oh, you mean you're lactose intolerant."  I have to repeat that I am actually allergic to milk.  I have other food allergies also.  Sometimes I think people without food allergies who can eat or drink anything they want, just don't get it.
 
I will say that in the last 10 - 15 years, restaurants have come a long way, when you ask a server if a certain ingredient is in something you are considering because your are allergic to it. They actually go and check.  I can remember the day when they would just say, "No, I don't think so."  That's when I would ask for the manager.

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