Egg allergy is an allergic reaction that occurs when egg is consumed. The reaction of egg allergy is different in different people. Common symptoms are:
• Skin inflammation or hives
• Nasal congestion, sneezing or runny nose
• Digestive symptoms, cramps, nausea and vomiting
• Asthma, coughing and wheezing
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?
Usually infants suffer from this allergy and it can cause anaphylaxis - which is potentially life threatening.