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Chicken Allergy

Chicken allergy accounts for 5% to 6% of all the reported food allergies in the United States. People who suffer from chicken allergy can be categorized into two groups. The first group is for people who are allergic to chicken meat, while the second group comprises of those who are allergic to the meat, egg and feathers of chicken.

Mechanism of Chicken Allergy

Like other food allergies, the symptoms are a result of the immune system's reaction to what you eat. In this case, the immune system of your body thinks chicken is harmful, thus it releases an antibody called immunoglobulin E to "remove" the offending food from your system.

The body also releases histamine every time your chicken allergy is triggered. Histamine can cause different reactions for everyone. Most people suffer from rashes, watery eyes, nausea, vomiting and runny nose.

Chicken Allergy Symptoms

Your body's reaction to chicken allergy can quickly show up after you eat chicken. For some, it can take several hours or a few days. The time it takes for the adverse effects to wear out also varies, depending on the person's immune system. Some people only suffer from the allergic reaction for three hours, while others need a week to recover.

Here are the most common reactions to chicken allergy:

Chicken Allergy Treatments

1. Adrenaline Shots- this is commonly given to people who suffer from serious allergic reactions to chicken. Epinephrine, or adrenaline, helps the swelling to subside while stabilizing your body's vital functions. Adrenaline shots also come in portable injectors that can be taken anywhere. They're easy to use and it can be administered even without medical supervision.

2. Antihistamines- Several over-the-counter antihistamines can treat mild reactions to chicken allergy. Over-the-counter antihistamines can relieve you from stomach pains, nausea and hives. There are also stronger types of antihistamine, but you'll need a doctor's prescription to buy one. It may also be prescribed with some steroids, in case your body reacts from the strong dosage given.

3. Medications for Asthma- chicken allergy can also cause breathing difficulties. When this happens, inform your doctor right away so he can prescribe an inhaler for you. Bronchodilators and other asthma medications can easily relax your throat and airways, thus letting oxygen flow freely to your lungs. Inhalers are available from all major drugstores. Make sure to keep one in your pocket, so you could easily reach it in case your allergy gets triggered.

The treatments listed above can't cure chicken allergy. Sadly, there are no known cures for chicken allergy or any type of food allergy. The best thing you can do is prevent it by being careful of what you eat. Make it a habit to check food labels for anything that could trigger your allergic reaction. Sometimes, even chicken broth can trigger your allergy.

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