Egg allergy is a condition when your body reacts with hives or other physical symptoms on eating eggs. This is most common in early childhood and often subsides as the child grows. The condition occurs when the body sees the proteins in the egg whites and yolk as a foreign invader and produces antibodies or chemicals to defend against it. This leads to an allergic reaction in the form of itchy rashes on the skin, wheezing or difficulty in breathing, runny nose, stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and the less common, 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 best way to manage the condition is to avoid eating eggs. Those with this allergy have to be cautious of the ingredients when they have their food as eggs may be hidden in several dishes. Antihistamines can be given to control the symptoms.
DID YOU KNOW?
According to estimates about 2% of children have an egg allergy and about 70% of those with the allergy will outgrow of the condition by the time they turn 16.