Although chicken is not a common food allergen, some people experience an allergic reaction to this food. The Internet Symposium on Food Allergens notes that approximately 0.6 percent to 5 percent of people may have allergies to chicken meat. These individuals typically experience allergy symptoms within minutes to a couple hours after ingesting chicken or foods that contain chicken. Those who suspect they may have a chicken allergy should avoid chicken and see a doctor or allergist as soon as possible to confirm the allergy and explore treatment options.
People who are allergic to chicken may experience changes in the appearance or texture of their skin after consuming or being exposed to chicken. These skin changes may include hives, a rash, redness or skin inflammation.
Nausea, stomach cramps, diarrhea or vomiting may also occur as symptoms of a chicken allergy. These symptoms may occur within minutes or within hours of digesting chicken.
Some individuals experience symptoms similar to that of the common cold when exposed to chicken. These symptoms can include a runny or stuffy nose, itchy or watery eyes, coughing or difficulty breathing. These symptoms usually occur with gastrointestinal upset or skin symptoms, and don’t usually occur alone, states the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
People with a severe chicken allergy may experience a severe reaction called anaphylaxis, which can be life threatening. Anaphylaxis symptoms include dizziness, lightheadedness, severe abdominal pain and cramping, constriction of the airways, rapid pulse rate, heart palpitations, sudden drop in blood pressure, anxiety, slurred speech, confusion, shock and a loss of consciousness, explains MedlinePlus. People experiencing these signs require immediate medical attention.
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