Egg white

Egg white allergy is one of the most common food allergies, especially in children. It occurs when the immune system overreacts to proteins found in egg whites. While some children outgrow this allergy, others may carry it into adulthood. Reactions can range from mild to severe, including anaphylaxis....

Egg white

What are symptoms of egg white allergy?

  • Skin reactions such as hives or a rash
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Respiratory problems, including wheezing, nasal congestion, or difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of the lips, face, tongue, or throat
  • Anaphylaxis in severe cases

What foods cross-react with egg white allergy?

Egg white allergy primarily involves a reaction to eggs themselves, but individuals should also be cautious with:

  • Foods containing egg whites or whole eggs.
  • Vaccines or other medical products that may contain egg proteins (although most individuals with egg allergies can safely receive flu vaccines).
  • Some individuals may also react to egg substitutes depending on their ingredients.

When should I consider getting an egg white allergy test?

  • If you or your child experiences allergic symptoms after consuming egg whites or foods containing egg whites.
  • If there’s a family history of egg or other food allergies.
  • Before introducing eggs to an infant’s diet, especially if there’s a family history of allergies.

How do I reduce my egg white allergy symptoms?

  • Completely avoid egg whites and foods containing egg whites.
  • Read food labels carefully to identify egg ingredients in processed foods.
  • Inform restaurant staff about the egg allergy when dining out to avoid cross-contamination.
  • Keep an epinephrine auto-injector accessible if there’s a risk of severe allergic reactions.
  • Consult with an allergist for specific advice, allergy testing, and potentially undergoing oral immunotherapy, which can desensitize children to egg allergens.

Test(s) that measure/test for Egg white

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