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Allergy to something in fried chicken???

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I made another post about my son recently having several bouts of severe hives after his showers. (I automatically jumped to lymphoma/cancer.) 

We thought it was shower gel or something in the loofa, which we removed. Each of those nights he did break out, we had some sort of chicken prior to the shower...usually breaded nuggets or tenders.  But, I thought NO WAY could he be having a food allergy.  He's eaten this kind of chicken before.  This afternoon we had some of the same chicken, thinking it would be fine.  Well, it wasn't. He broke out it his worst case of hives ever about an hour after eating the chicken.  He hadn't showered, used anything new, worn anything new, got hot or sweaty, exposed to barnyard animals, etc. NOTHING NEW.   We had even visited our GP yesterday and discussed what has been going on. She believed it to be shower gel or soap related, because he stopped breaking out when we removed them, but we also hadn't had any chicken either.  I was really upset over today's bout of hives. I thought we had figured out his trigger--the shower gel and loofa. I guess not, which is why the bad things like lymphoma are coming back into my mind. 

Does anyone have any weird allergies they have or know of a person having?  I have never heard of people suddenly having a chicken allergy or from refined oils in which the restaurants cook the nuggets. My son DOES NOT have food allergies. He was tested three years ago for that.  Now, I am starting to question it. I intend on calling the allergist on Monday. We haven't seen the allergist in over a year and a half.  Anyone with experience with food allergies that are unusual. 

 

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It's possible it's a new allergy. The fact he's got hives each time he's eaten it means he's getting a histamine reaction. The fact the hives are getting worse each time, I would avoid anything with egg, chicken, or chicken flavoring/ broth in it until an allergist reconfirms with oral test (they will have him eat it and react in a safe environment) that the allergy itself isn't chicken. 

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7 hours ago, Total Eclipse said:

How is he feeling today?

No symptoms today.  No chicken either.  

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7 hours ago, Ashleyspicer84 said:

Are you getting the chicken from a restaurant or are you making it yourself?

It’s from a restaurant.  In a few days, when I’m certain the Benadryl is out of his system, I’m going to make grilled chicken at home to see what happens.  

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10 hours ago, kj103 said:

It’s from a restaurant.  In a few days, when I’m certain the Benadryl is out of his system, I’m going to make grilled chicken at home to see what happens.  

Please ask the doctor if this is advisable! Given the reactions are getting worse they don't recommend people test reactions at home. They typically do this in clinic so they can get medical help if the reaction is too far to handle.

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It may not be the chicken it may be a seasoning they are using on the chicken. Or they may be cooking it in peanut oil and he could be developing a peanut allergy. 

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1 hour ago, Ashleyspicer84 said:

It may not be the chicken it may be a seasoning they are using on the chicken. Or they may be cooking it in peanut oil and he could be developing a peanut allergy. 

Exactly! The chicken could be friend in a shared frier too. For example fish and shellfish. All these cross contamination can cause reactions. It's just figuring out what allergy he developed to keep him safe!

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15 hours ago, Total Eclipse said:

Please ask the doctor if this is advisable! Given the reactions are getting worse they don't recommend people test reactions at home. They typically do this in clinic so they can get medical help if the reaction is too far to handle.

We made an appt for next week.  I agree with your advice, especially since his reactions seem to be getting worse each time.  

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10 hours ago, kj103 said:

We made an appt for next week.  I agree with your advice, especially since his reactions seem to be getting worse each time.  

Please keep us updated on your little boy! I'm sure he's going to be OK no matter what his body is rejecting!!!! In clinic they'll test the skin test, if that comes back negative, they'll then have him come in, with the food, and slowly eat it and in a 2 hour time see if he reacts. If he reacts they have shots, and a ton of other things there, so if anything were to go wrong (ie throat closing reaction); they could stop it fast. The poke test isn't always right. That is why they have an oral challenge test.

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In the meantime call the restaurant and ask them what their common ingredients or seasoning is in the chicken, if it's fried, what other things are fried in that frier. This will be all good information for the allergiest to know.

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 My son is getting tested for a chicken allergy right now.  Please send happy vibes and prayers that the test will show if he is allergic.  I know there can be false results with allergy testing. 

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1 hour ago, kj103 said:

 My son is getting tested for a chicken allergy right now.  Please send happy vibes and prayers that the test will show if he is allergic.  I know there can be false results with allergy testing. 

Is it skin testing or oral testing? If it shows negative, I'd ask for an oral challenge test!

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9 minutes ago, Total Eclipse said:

Is it skin testing or oral testing? If it shows negative, I'd ask for an oral challenge test!

It was a skin test and it was inconclusive.  There was a small reaction, but not larger than the histamine control,  so we have an oral challenge test Monday!  I wish we had skipped the skin prick test.  That seemed like a waste of money and time.

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4 hours ago, kj103 said:

It was a skin test and it was inconclusive.  There was a small reaction, but not larger than the histamine control,  so we have an oral challenge test Monday!  I wish we had skipped the skin prick test.  That seemed like a waste of money and time.

A small reaction would = a positive here. Let us know how it goes. I have some great vegan chicken nugget recipes 🙂 

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