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 I am bewildered as to why I am allergic to chicken and turkey. I once ate it normally. Ever since puberty I have had this problem.
Not particularly fair, but i needed to learn to cope.
I havent tried anything to treat it, and dont feel i need an epi-pen for the severity of the reaction, but before finally becoming frustrated enough to go talk to a doctor about it, i figured i would check the Web.
We did our research, and, it turns out it was related to the new method of sanitizing poultry and preparing it for display. Poultry used to be sanitized for salmonella by dipping it in an ammonia wash. In the last few years, a sodium phosphate wash has become a more popular choice.
- Tightening of the chest/heartburn (the person who described it as a "corkscrew" sensation was spot on)- Uncontrollable/steady stream of saliva- Closing of the throat (personally I've never had breathing difficulties, which sounds contradictory, but for me it's just a really unpleasant tightening sensation)- Occasional urge to throw up, less as an "omg-get-to-the-bathroom-now" thing and more as an attempt to get rid of what feels like a huge spiky ball in my chest/throat. It takes a good hour or two for these symptoms to fully disappear. I used to eat chicken all the time when I was little, and then started having this reaction right around puberty. I react the same way to chicken, turkey, and duck, so it's safe to say this is a general poultry allergy. I'm not allergic to eggs. I was especially interested to read goldengirl's description of how it runs in his/her family, because I've always had a theory that it's a genetic thing - my brother developed the exact same allergy, also around puberty.
"OAS (also known as pollen-food syndrome) is an allergic reaction to certain proteins in a variety of fruits, vegetables and nuts. The symptoms include itching and burning of the lips, mouth and throat."