It is nice to find a site with information from other people who share this reaction to chicken, which many find to be really odd in my experience.
I started to have allergic reactions to poultry starting about age 13, and by the time I was 14, could not eat any poultry without the reaction, which I now know to be a true anaphylactic reaction which is potentially life threatening for some. My symptoms are very consistent, with throat tingling 15 minutes after my first bite, followed by some throat tightening, lip swelling and upper-center chest tightness with mild pain. If I recognize the onset fairly quickly - and I have lots of experience - I will take a few Benedryl caps or melts, and drink about a quart of water; that does the trick, although I feel crappy for a couple hours afterwards. I have gotten used to carrying around the Benedryl, and of late they have lots of new products (liquid ampules for kids, fast melt, etc.) that are easy to swallow before onset. I have been told by an MD friend that I should get an epi-pen, but have never had a problem the Benedryl won't cure....that, and I am in my 40s and stubborn!
My father believed that I was "faking" the reaction because I did not like cornish game hen that he made for me once at 13, and after repeatedly sneaking ground chicken, turkey hot dogs and turkey burgers into my food, and watching me get really sick, he eventually accepted (years later) that I was not "faking."
I have tried turkey, cornish game hen, duck and ostrich, and get the same reaction as with chicken. Eggs are no problem, and neither is the flu vaccine. Free range chicken and duck seem to bother me the least (especially duck), while foods that have chicken fat and chicken broth are REALLY bad with rapid and harsher reactions...makes getting soups at restaurant a non-started unless I can be sure what is in them, as chicken broth is in SO many things.
My theory is that given the chicken fat and broth reactions compared to lean meat, and little reaction from duck, I may be allergic to some kinds of steroids, enzymes, hormones or antibiotics they pump into farm raised poultry...I would never have expected the ostrich reaction, but it was store bought, and I suspect their feed and breeding includes lots of such items as would be used in poultry.
I would be curious if anyone here has tried US available chicken that is totally hormone, antibiotic free, with nothing in there but bird, and if that has worked for you. I love having a small piece of turkey at Thanksgiving, and get no real reaction from that, but would love to be able to find some poultry to eat, if only something I could cook at home. Thanks!