My daughter eats chicken almost every day. All of a sudden she is breaking out with a itchy rash. Can she become allergic to poultry this sudden or should I be concerned something else is going on? Turkey has the same effect.
I have had an allergy to poultry (chicken, turkey, duck) my entire life, but my mom has always sworn up and down that she fed it to me when I was little. So I would say yes. And allergies in general can come and go throughout a persons life. I am now allergic to ragweed in the fall, and never had a problem before the age of 25.
I have only met or heard about 1 other person in my life that's allergice to poultry, so it's pretty rare, but it's definitely not my imagination. Chicken broth gets me and that's often used as a flavor enhancer where you won't know it's there until you eat some. This seems especially true in chinese and mexican restaurants.
I talked to an allergist once who said this was a "protein" allergy like many other common food allergies - not very helpful, but I guess that was a way of saying it's nothing special to be worried about as long as it's not life threatening. Which in my case it is not. I can usually tell about 5 minutes after I get some in my system because my mouth starts itching. My other symtoms (depends on the amount I eat) can include tightening of my throat to where it's hard to swallow (breathing is fine) and vomiting if I've really eaten a lot which I've only had twice in my life. I've never needed anything stronger than one or two benedryl to take care of it.
Oh, and oddly enough, I love eggs and still eat them all the time with no problems. Go figure. Hope your daughters doing great, but watch the chicken!
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