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Egg and chicken allergies?

Breif history then some questions. I have had severly itchy skin for the last few years that comes and goes and constant nasal congestion. Lymphoma was just ruled out as the cause. It is an itch that wakes me at night and has me scratching myself raw. Have no insurance so seeing a dermatologist isn't an opption at the moment. When I was 7 or 8 yrs old., I had skin allergy testing and was found to be allergic to grass, dogs, cats, dust, pollens and feathers and I never outgrew them. About 5 years ago, I had a lesion on my torso biopsied. I also have morphea scleroderma, to see if I was "out of remmission" and was told it was eczema due to contact allergies. I have been washing my clothes, bedding and towels in Dreft, and use Basis all natural soap. Oatmeal baths make me itch more so I avoid that. I started thinking food allergies and realized that the last 3 days, the itch is even worse - I'm living on Benadryl, and alternating cortisone cream and sarna lotion for some relief. Realized that for these last three days, I've eaten nothing but eggs and chicken all three days. Eggs for breakfast, and chicken for dinner, no lunch. I'm going to eliminate all egg and chicken from my diet for a week to see if that brings relief. If it does, I was going to introduce it again to see if I get the same itchy skin reaction.

My questions are:
1. Does having an allergy to feathers make me more prone to having allergies to eggs and chicken?
2. If allergic to them, does that mean I'm allergic to all poultry?
3. The itchy skin from those allergies, can it be constant, and not only when you've ingested them?
4. Is one week long enough to bring relief and help pinpoint eggs and chicken as the cause or do I need longer?

Thanks in advance for any insight!
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Not certain about the chicken etc try Aloe Vera Gel for the itch,and try not to scratch, I have chronic Urticaria and dermographism, I have tried everything and there isnt much point unless you know what you are allergic to,it has got betetr over time, it came on last May after I had majpr denistry so I am not certain if it was the Numbing agent Novacaine or the posts they put in or the penicillin they gave me and even the high amounts of Advil I took for the pain. as I say it has got better but it is still there I simply live with it now. Try the Aloe Vera it soothes straight away.
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Thanks for the advice, but the aloe doesn't help me. Like I mentioned, it's been going on for a few years, and I've tried just about everything! I haven't had eggs or chicken for almost 24 hours. I woke up this morning and the itch is hardly there at all. I guess I'll know better after a few days.
Thanks again!
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Not quite sure if this will help or make you more confused.

But I'm allergic to everything they test for in the enviroment including chicken feathers.
I am allergic to chicken eggs but not chicken. Now I can eat duck eggs (but they taste like **** so I don't)

But to your question about if you are more prone, no you are not, it just kind of ended up that way.

And you may be allergic to all poultry dust, but not thier meat.

Oh and 48 hrs should be enough to test wether or not you have a food allergy, but again it almost always comes with a pain in the gut or indigestion, diearrea somthing on that note.

And it might be a food allergy but without some kind of indigestion or stomach ache I doubt that it is. More likely is that either you constently exposed to chicken dust,(live within a couple miles of a chicken sight) or your pillows have goose feathers in them.
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I guess I should have included more info in my first post...
I cannot have any skin contact with feather, and can't sleep with down anything! So, it's not that. I don't live anywhere near a chicken farm, not even a chicken coup. I do have an almost constant ache in my stomach - have been to ER a few times about it - not my liver, pancreas or gall baldder. Have to take Pepcid AC and the like to try to help it. Doesn't always work though.

I did manage to read up on what they call chicken-egg syndrome, and it does say that being allergic to nasal allergens such as dander, dust mites and/or feathers can make you more prone. I think in my case, as a teen, my dad and step-mom had a lot of birds... 4 parrots, a few cockatiels and an big aviary of smaller varieties. So, having an allergy to feathers already, and then that exposure, may have caused bird-egg syndrome. I just didn't eat a lot of eggs or chicken (maybe once a month) until a few years ago because it's a "healthy" choice! By eating more and more of it recently, I became much more sensitive to it. It could just be the eggs, but because I also had chicken each day I had eggs, it's hard to tell.

Once the itch and stomach pain is gone for a day or two, I'm going to try eating chicken and see what happens. If that doesn't trigger it, I'll try eggs and go from there. I could be way off base too, but this is a test I can do without going to the docs.

Thanks for your info!
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Sounds like you have a allergy to eggs, same thing happened to me, I got dianosed with a allergy to feather (its really a allergy to thier dust) so I am allergic to basically all birds.

Any way for about a year I ate eggs for breakfast, and eventually I found out I was allergic to them and a lot of other foods.

But yeah try staying away from eggs for a couple of days (because right now your system will attack about anything and you could react but it won't be a true reaction) then try some chicken meat, write down how you reacted and what you ate. Then if you don't react try some eggs and write down how you reacted from the eggs.
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How do you deal with being allergic to foods? Some of my best and favorite dishes are made with chicken! And if hubby and I are out at a club, I love chicken fingers w/ barbecue sauce. In fact, that's about all I'll eat on those kinds of menus! And, I love egg noodles... with sauce, with butter and seasonings, with gravy. Ugh.
It's starting to look like that may just be it. The longer I avoid, the less I itch. It's almost gone, except for a few eczema patches on my torso that I've irritated with scrathing. I'm going to wait till I'm totally itch free for at least 2 days before I try chicken.
Thanks again!
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I just can't eat out. I have to prepare all my food myself. Or like when i'm here at college the dining center prepares my specialtiy meals for me. This is all because about my junior year in high school I started to get really sick so then the doc said I was basically allergic to everything except for apples, strawberries, broccli, chicken, turkey, soy and potatoes.

Now I can eat corn, and rice and I am allergic to soy so I really have no idea whats going on but I try to adapt. I wish you luck.
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Hello! My daughter has chronic eczema and food allergies. We found out about the eczema first. Let me start with oats, they are very good for treating the skin, so my daughter was getting bathed in it, it was in her soap, in her lotions, everywhere, and she would just scream during bathing and putting her prescribed creams on...this went on for four years with complaining to the doctor, and we finally re-done allergy testing and found out she was very allergic to it. Also, even if not allergic, dairy products will aggravate eczema. Food allergies will drive your eczema out of control, testing is very important, but also keep in  mind that allergies are always changing. I would certainly avoid these three items we have discussed here, but you must also learn to think outside the box, these things will be found in unsuspecting products, check labels on drinks, foods, and make-up, hair products, and soaps and lotions. You will find this stuff is everywhere, especially oats.
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I developed an egg allergy 9 years ago when pregnant with my son at the age of 29. It has progressed from egg allergies to severe sensitivity to all that is bird, from the chicken in my dinner to the birds roosting outside my home to feathers in my blankets. I have difficulty getting on the city bus and shopping at the grocery store due to people touching chicken or eggs and then touching the seats or the shopping carts. I have tried to find info as well on the internet, but this is so rare that no one can seem to provide info. all I can tell you is that I do not go to restaurants or fast food places. I do not eat anything out of a can or a box as lots of items claming not to have egg or chicken can still be made in factories that produce egg or chicken product. the Doctor at the last emergency visit where I was suffering anaphylaxis stated to me "Just don't f*@king touch it!!!!" as he ran from the room to get more morphine for my I.V.. Be careful, this is not something to play with. Be vigilant in what you touch or eat. Think before you purchase comforters and coats that may be down. Egg is also in make-up, detergents, lotions and face creams. My entire family and any friends that love me have had to take egg and chicken out of their homes and lives as well, for fear of cross contamination. I am afraid every day that I go to work that I might need more than the two epi-pens they alot me. PLease be careful, and KEEP ON SEARCHING FOR INFO!!!!
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I had mono about twenty years ago and afterwards I seem to be allergic to chicken and eggs. Allergy to chicken is caused by a autoimmune problem. It is actually caused by a chemical reaction of the chemical in the chicken and the reaction your body has to that chemical. If I eat chicken or eggs I get a severe stomach ache where I end up in a ball in tears. I ate chicken and eggs my whole like. I love them...but no more. I have tried and it just isn't worth it. The last few years even turkey has started the same thing. I do usually eat a little at Thanksgiving but that is it!
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