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Egg allergy

Egg allergy varies from one person to another, and is more common in young children. In most children with egg allergy, the symptoms may disappear when they reach puberty.

Egg allergy includes:

  • All forms of eggs (well-cooked half-cooked, uncooked).

Also, both egg yolks and egg whites contain proteins that can trigger allergic reactions, but allergy to egg whites is the most common. Infants who are breastfed and are allergic to egg proteins may be allergic to breast milk if the mother eats eggs.

Many people can eat foods containing well-cooked eggs without developing any allergy symptoms. Studies show that 70-80% of children with egg allergy can eat bakery products and biscuits containing eggs.

Symptoms of egg allergy appear immediately after eating eggs.

Symptoms of egg allergy

  • Signs of asthma such as coughing and wheezing when breathing.
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms such as colic pain, nausea and vomiting.
  • Dermatitis which is the most common symptom.
  • Nasal congestion, runny nose and sneezing (allergic rhinitis).
  • A lump in the throat causing difficulty breathing.
  • Tachycardia
  • Acute hypotension causing dizziness, light-headedness or faint.

A doctor shall be consulted concerning any allergic reaction to eggs, and how to deal with it, regardless of its strength, and whether the patient is an adult or a child. This is because the allergic reaction varies each time, and so one should take caution and provide the adrenaline pen (needle) to use when necessary.

The most important tips for people with egg allergy:

  • Always read the entire ingredient label carefully to make sure that they are free from allergens, especially when you suffer a severe allergy.
  • Always be cautious when eating outdoors.
  • Speak to children suffering allergy to help them be acquainted with types of food safe to them.
  • Consider having separate utensils to be used by the person with allergy only.
  • Keep foods containing allergens in a safe place out of the reach of allergic children.
  • Consult your doctor before taking flu shots.

Types of food containing eggs and degree of cook

Uncooked eggs Half-cooked eggs Well-cooked eggs
Mayonnaise Fried eggs Cake
Soufflé Fried Eggs with Rice Pancakes
chocolate mousse Omelet all types of bakery goods
Some types of ice cream Some types of sauce