Chicken Allergy

Chicken Allergy Signs: Causes Of Common Chicken Allergies & Common Allergies and Symptoms Of Chicken.

Yes, I love a good chicken dinner. I like it fried, baked, nuggets, and roasted. I like Chicken Tetrazzini and a homemade chicken casserole. Chicken is high in protein and low in fat.

Organic chicken tastes better and you can use pretty much every part of the chicken. Yet, for many people who are allergic to chicken, like my wife, it can be bothersome and in some cases, dangerous. Adults and kids with food allergies can end up in the hospital. 

Chicken Allergy Signs. Learn Common Allergies and Symptoms & The Causes Of Food Allergies.

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An allergy or food intolerance symptoms happens when your immune system goes into hyper-drive after consuming an allergen. Your immune system views the chicken as the enemy and releases an antibody called immunoglobulin E in an attempt to remove this invader from your body. You can also release histamine each time the allergy is triggered. 

Chicken Allergy Symptoms

You can quickly show symptoms after you eat chicken. Normally, it takes a few minutes but for some in can take a few hours. Many things can happen in that time so it makes it more difficult to know exactly what caused the symptoms.

Adverse effects can vary from person to person and can also be dependent on the individual's immune system. Here are the most common reactions to a chicken allergy: 

  • Ear infections
  • Fever
  • Hives
  • Insomnia
  • Headache
  • Nasal congestion
  • Nausea 
  • Red watery eyes
  • Stomach cramps
  • Vomiting

What Are Food Intolerance Symptoms vs Allergy?

Intolerance is a bit more difficult to nail down because symptoms may not be immediate. It may take several hours before you have any kind of reaction which makes it harder to pinpoint the real issue. Some chicken allergic symptoms may be attributed to other foods. These symptoms can include: 

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Stomach pain and cramps
  • Headaches
  • Rashes 

The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-282, Title II) (FALCPA) has since mandated that all food products sold in the U.S. that contain chicken must be clearly marked on the label in English as having chicken.

The law also states that ingredients in foods must be listed by their "common or usual name''. You can find this law on the FDA.gov website.

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I highly recommend you thoroughly read every label on every package you buy. Never take the ingredients for granted. Sometimes the ingredients change so keep a close eye on the labels. There are many foods that are exempt or aren't covered by the FDA allergen labeling laws.

It's also written in the law that "many consumers may not realize the ingredient is derived from, or contains, a major food allergen" because some of the names food manufacturers use may be unfamiliar to consumers. 

Foods That May Contain Chicken

  • Bologna
  • Burgers
  • Churrasco (grilled meats)
  • Giblets 
  • Hot dogs
  • Longaniza (Longganisa)
  • Meat balls
  • Processed meats
  • Sausage
  • Schmaltz (rendered chicken or goose fat)

If you think you or your child has a chicken allergy symptoms or chicken intolerance symptoms it's best to talk to your doctor or allergist. These kinds of food allergy symptoms can be potentially life threatening due to Anaphylactic shock so it's best to get professional help. The doctor or allergist can perform a series of tests to determine the root cause of the allergy and treat it accordingly.

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