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Chicken allergy: Allergy to chicken and chicken meat

  1. Patients with a chicken allergy develop an allergic reaction after eating chicken meat. Sometimes the symptoms also develop after the skin has come into contact with chicken feathers. Most patients with an allergy to chicken experience mild symptoms and discomfort after eating chicken meat or touching a chicken. However, some patients experience severe reactions that require medical attention. Red and irritated skin and puffy eyes are some of the signs of an allergy to chicken or chicken products. Many patients treat the allergy by avoiding chicken and other related products. If a patient has a severe allergy, immediate emergency medical attention is needed.

Epidemiology of chicken meat allergy

  1. Allergic reactions to chicken meat are rare. An allergy to fish, seafood, eggs, milk and other foods (food allergy) is more common. Both adults and children are affected by an allergy to chickens (meat). Adolescents most often suffer from chicken allergy, although signs may start around the pre-school period. An allergy to chicken meat presents as a primary allergy (a true allergy), or a secondary allergy caused by cross-reactivity with another allergy, such as an allergy to eggs

Chicken allergies and intolerances

  1. Patients have an allergy or intolerance to chicken meat or other chicken products, including feathers or eggs. An allergy is usually accompanied by more general symptoms, such as swelling and a rash

Treatment of food allergy

  1. Patients with a chicken meat allergy avoid contact with raw or cooked chicken meat and chicken products. Sometimes patients should also avoid chicken eggs, especially raw or undercooked eggs. These are present in many products, such as raw cookie dough or batter. It is therefore wise to always check the label. In case of accidental exposure, a patient may take antihistamines. Antihistamines are drugs that prevent the immune system from overreacting to the chicken. Corticone creams treat hives and inflammation on the skin. If necessary, the doctor also prescribes inhaled corticosteroids (powerful anti-inflammatory drugs that the patient must inhale) for breathing problems. All patients who experience a severe reaction should receive immediate medical attention and an injection of epinephrine (adrenaline).

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