On the Third Day of Christmas…
On the Third Day of Christmas, my true love sent to me…….Three French Hens!
This gift is a potentially hazardous gift for those with allergies or asthma. Hens, of course, lay eggs, and egg allergy is one of the most common food allergies in childhood. If that old pillow has chicken feathers in it, it can trigger asthma or allergic rhinitis. Also, the so-called “bird-egg syndrome” occurs when a person has skin and breathing problems after the ingestion of egg yolk and inhalation of bird -and chicken-derived materials. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis, an unusual lung disorder, can also result from the inhalation of proteins from chicken feathers or droppings. The good news is allergy to chicken meat is very unusual, even though egg allergy is quite common.
Keep those birds in the hen house or enjoy the poultry on Christmas for dinner!
For a published article on chicken meat allergy authored by Dr. Zacharisen, visit: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16933414
This educational information does not take the place of your physician’s advice.