When I tell people I’m allergic to poultry, they almost always respond with a series of question.
The first question is the title. “You’re allergic to poultry?”
The answer?
“Yes.”
I am, in fact, allergic to poultry. That’s why they call it fowl! (Get it? Fowl/foul…it’s a pun…or I guess a homonym, actually.) It’s a pretty rare allergy. I’ve actually never met another person with this same allergy.

The second question is, “What happens when you eat it”? Imagine hives in your throat. It also makes me feel like I have the flu. If I touch poultry then touch my eyes, the swell, water, and itch.

The third question I always get is, “Are you allergic to eggs, too?” No. No, I’m not.

The last question is always, “Are you allergic to ALL poultry?” To which I answer, “I don’t know, I quit trying different birds after the 3rd one made me sick.”

I’ve course I don’t order any chicken dishes, or things made with chicken (or turkey, etc.). The trickiest thing is chicken broth. It’s in everything. Soups (just about all of them unless they say vegetarian), fried rice, beans, red sauce, and the list goes on.

Tonight we picked up some BBQ on the way home and I got caught by one of the more subtle traps. Based on my reaction, my guess is that they smoked chicken or turkey BELOW the rib tips that I had. The smoke contained just enough atomized fowl (foul) to make my mouth itch, my eyes itch,and me to feel just a bit out of sorts.

What does this have to do with getting healthy? With exercise? Weight loss?

Nothing. Just thought I’d share.