Egg Allergy – Allergy to Eggs?
Eggs are a source of protein. They are also a favorite food item with kids. In fact, all over the world, eggs are a popular breakfast item.
Some like it boiled, other prefer the fried ones and in some parts of the world, it is poached. But nobody denies its “favorite quotient.” Arguably, most children irrespective of their geography like eggs in any way.
The egg white and the egg yellow or yolk is used separately and together in several food items. However, eggs are known to produce allergic symptoms in children and adults. In adults though the incidence is less. The egg is a source of common allergen. It affects nearly 1.5% children. Most children, however, grow out of their egg allergy. Only a few carry it into their adulthood, and some adults develop symptoms sometimes on egg consumption. Whether to the egg white or to the yolk, if you develop sensitivity to either it is best to avoid eating eggs altogether. Most known cases of egg allergy is attributed to the egg white though the egg yolk may cause concern too.
When the body’s immune systems mistake a protein in the egg and creates antibodies to the mistaken offending food, it releases chemicals called histamines the next time it is consumed. The histamine is supposed to protect the body from any ill effect caused by the allergen.
Symptoms of Egg Allergy
The symptoms of an egg allergy are similar to other types of allergies and may include one or more of the following:
1. skin reactions such as eczema, hives, or swelling
2. stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting
3. trouble breathing or wheezing
4. stuffy or a runny nose
5. fast heartbeat
The allergy symptoms usually appear a few minutes to a few hours after eating eggs or food items containing eggs.
Signs and symptoms range from mild to severe. Children who develop an allergy to eggs naturally develop an aversion to eggs.
Most food items that are eaten by kids contain eggs. Hence, getting the kid to eat something that has no egg in it can be a little daunting especially when eating packaged foods. When buying such items, the parent must read the package label carefully for any indication of words like emulsifier,binder, or coagulant, or any ingredients that begin with the word ova.
Egg Allergy – Other food items you should avoid
Other food items that one should avoid are:
albumin (an egg protein)
artificial or natural flavorings
egg substitute (usually made with egg whites)
Some non-food products may also contain egg such as finger paints, shampoos, certain medicines, make-up, and some vaccines, including most flu vaccines, as well as those for yellow fever and MMR.
An adult may experience mild symptoms to egg allergies such as mild nausea or a flaring of eczema after consuming an egg-containing product.
A substitute for the egg is the commercial egg replacer.
It cannot, however, be used to prepare egg omelets.