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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 10:28 am 
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Hi guys, my brother is ana to eggs and has been since he was 3. Never had an issue with chicken or turkey but in the past few years, if chicken wasn't cooked REALLY well, like in the oven or something, he would get an itchy mouth. Now, the past few times he eats chicken, regardless of how it's cooked, he has to take benadryl because he gets a lump in his throat. And, last night, my mom made turkey and he took 2 bites and had to take benadryl and he was fine after.

Have you heard of this happening before?? I knew it was possible with chicken but do chicken and turkey really share similar proteins? What about other birds? We found a farm near us that sells organic (not that that makes a difference with allergies, I know) guinea fowl...apparently they're good but do you think that would be a problem too?

He wants to stay away from poultry for a while. Is that a good choice? Like, avoiding is obviously a must for now but I'm scared that when he tries to reintroduce it, it will be worse.

Any help would be great. He's 24.

Thanks!

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 12:55 pm 
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Our daughter has had egg allergies all of her life and eats lots of chicken and turkey without any problems. She's also allergic to dairy and eats a lot of beef!

I'm not surprised to of hear people developing allergies to anything anymore, though.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 25, 2009 8:41 pm 
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My only guess would be maybe if it's bought at a supermarket, it could be the hormones that are added or injected to the turkey, and they might contain an egg protein. I have to be very careful about what turkey to feed my daughter, so I usually stick to chicken. Either way, meats are interesting of course, because my daughter is allergic to beef (and I didn't think that was possible) so I assume it's possible to be allergic to poultry.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 10:22 am 
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You can be allergic to the gelatin in a meat and tolerate the whole muscle pieces but not the joints.

That doesn't sound like what's happening here. Definately something to discuss with the allergist.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 4:17 pm 
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Interesting thoughts. Ok, will do. He's avoiding for now of course but when he has his next appointment, he'll bring it up.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 11:12 pm 
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The prevalence of allergy to chicken meat ranges from 0.6% to 5% in food allergic subjects. Subjects with chicken meat allergy can be divided into two groups. The first group presents allergic symptoms without clinical reactions to hen's egg protein, while the second group can be a subset of patients with so-called "bird-egg syndrome" who are allergic to chicken meat as well as to egg yolk and other bird allergens from serum and feathers.
Cross-reactivity to other avian meats and egg yolk, respectively, is due to serum albumins. Chicken serum albumin is the major chicken meat allergen.


Just something I found online.

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Outgrew eggs, fish, shellfish


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 9:59 am 
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Great! Thanks BC...I'll pass it on and look into it a bit more.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:20 pm 
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FYI, my 6 year old is allergic to eggs...and chicken but not turkey. My allergist has 2 other patients with chicken / egg allergy. One is allergic to ALL bird meat as well and the other one just chicken.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:36 pm 
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Ok thanks for letting me know Saskmommyof3! It's good to hear from other people who have the same allergy.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:35 pm 
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i know this is an old post...but i wanted to add...my son is allergic to eggs..and has tested positive for turkey and chicken..this past time he's tested positive for chicken but not turkey. we did keep him away from those things when we first found out ..but the following year they were negative.

he still eats them now..but isn't crazy about either..so i don't force him to

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:14 am 
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my son is egg allergic and has no problem with meats.

however, could i ask about possible corn or soya allergies for your brother?

sometimes birds are fed food high in corn or soya and a very few people have found this is a problem.
just worth considering.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 1:24 pm 
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Thanks for all of your responses everybody!

williamsmummy, he is fine with both corn and soya but good idea. Although, I thought that whatever animals eat gets digested and doesn't really affect us? Anyways, in this case it's fine because he is definitely ok with both.
Thanks!

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