Eggs are known as one of the greatest allergy causing ingredients that can affect children mostly. From mild rashes to fever and other digestive problems, an egg allergy has a variety of symptoms that appear immediately upon ingestion. It can also cause a potentially fatal reaction called Anaphylaxis.
HOW IS EGG ALLERGY DIAGNOSED?
A skin prick test or a blood test will confirm the egg allergy with the presence of the above symptoms. A food elimination test or an oral food challenge may also be used to confirm the allergy.
HOW IS EGG ALLERGY TREATED?
The only way to prevent egg allergy symptoms is to avoid eggs or egg products. Medications such as antihistamines may reduce signs and symptoms of a mild egg allergy. The allergist may prescribe epinephrine (adrenaline) in an auto-injector, to be taken if there are symptoms of anaphylaxis a potentially fatal reaction that includes shortness of breath, swelling of the throat, and dizziness from a sudden drop in blood pressure.
DID YOU KNOW?
Foods that contain eggs can include:
• Baked goods
• Breaded foods
• Processed meat, meatloaf and meatballs
• Puddings and custards
• Salad dressing
• Many pastas
• Foam on alcoholic, specialty coffees