Egg allergy signs + complete guidance

by in Better healthy April 17, 2020

Egg allergy signs + complete guidance

Eggs are delicious and a great source of protein but unfortunately eggs are also one of the most common foods that can cause an allergic reaction. People who show allergic reaction to eggs when they eat egg, their body releases histamine to deal with the proteins coming from the egg. Egg allergy is more common among children rather than adults. 

Egg allergies might be mild or very severe. sometimes if a person with egg allergy isn’t taken care of really fast can develop deathly symptoms. Fun fact is that most children who are suffering from egg allergy can get rid of it when they pass the age of 16. 

Symptoms and signs

Well  we have two types of symptoms for egg allergy. Severe symptoms and mild symptoms. If you’re suffering from egg allergy and you have the signs below it means you’re suffering from severe egg allergy and you should avoid eating egg or anything that you suspect has egg in it. 

Severe egg allergy symptoms:

  1. You have abdominal pain alongside cramping
  2. Your blood pressure drops
  3. Dizziness
  4. You collapse and feel lightheaded
  5. Breathing becomes hard
  6. Your face especially your lips might swell
  7. Paleness
  8. Continuous coughing
  9. Your throat feels tight
  10. Tingling mouth
  11. Your heartbeat pulses faster
  12. Vomiting 
Egg allergy signs + complete guidance

Egg allergy signs + complete guidance

Mild egg allergy symptoms:

  1. Itchy skin
  2. Rashes
  3. Hives that itch and burn
  4. Diarrhea
  5. Watery eyes
  6. Runny nose

So you should avoid eating egg at all or be careful your child doesn’t eat food that can have egg in it. There are many foods that include egg as an ingredient but you’re not able to say it just by seeing the food. So you need to be careful about these kinds of food such as cake frosting, marshmallows, meatloaf, meatballs, pudding, salad, specialty drinks, pasta and mayonnaise. 

You can contact a certified nutritionist. They can help you modify your diet and get enough protein when you can’t consume egg. You can still cook your favorite foods and put something else in it instead of eggs. Just ask your nutritionist and get help with your diet. 

How to diagnose it?

There are different methods to diagnose an egg allergy. If your child showed any symptoms after eating eggs you should take them to an allergist. An allergist might use a skin-prick test or a blood test to determine what your child is having an allergic reaction to. 

1 – Skin-prick test

In a skin-prick test the nurse first cleans your skin with alcohol and then uses a needle to scratch your skin. And then puts the allergens next to the scratches to see if you show an allergic reaction. Remember the skin-prick test isn’t painful at all. 

2 – Blood test

Your blood is sent to a laboratory and then a number of tests are done to if it reacts to any specific allergens or not. 

How can it be treated?

Well, of course the best treatment is to avoid eating eggs at all. But if your child showed some of the symptoms said above, you have to take them to an allergist. If the symptoms are mild which shows a mild allergic reaction, your allergist most likely prescribes antihistamine. 

And if your child is showing more severe signs then they need a dose of epinephrine. After taking epinephrine the symptoms would go away and breathing and heartbeat goes back to normal again. 

References

  1. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321520#test-procedure
  2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/allergy-tests/about/pac-20392895
  3. https://www.healthline.com/health/egg-allergy-symptoms#treatment
  4. https://acaai.org/allergies/types-allergies/food-allergy/types-food-allergy/egg-allergy
  5. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/egg-allergy/symptoms-causes/syc-20372115
  6. https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/egg-allergy
  7. Photo by 青 晨 on Unsplash

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