I am a man of 65 year old. It was the time of my school days (about 50 years back) I used to get pain in my stomach and irritation in my skin when I take egg. Even I eat egg contaminated food I get this problem. After around 50 year I still have this problem. So once an allergy occurs it may remain for long time or it may vanish in short period of time. It depends on the situation and type of allergy. Once you develop hives or other physical symptoms after eating eggs it could have egg allergy. It is one of the common allergies developed in childhood.
Egg allergy grows when our immune system becomes sensitive and over reactive to proteins. Whites or yolks of the egg contain protein. Egg when we eat the body perceives the protein as a foreign intruder and sends out chemicals to protect against it. These protective chemicals ground the symptoms of egg allergic. Research in this field has revile that about 70percent of the egg allergies outgrow with time.
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Symptoms of Egg Allergy
- hives or a rash in the skin
- Respiratory problems
- Stomach pain
- Anaphylaxis (less common)
Egg Allergy Management and Treatment
- Avoid consumption of eggs.
- Use alternatives to eggs in recipes.
- Consult with health care person about your egg allergy.
Skin-prick tests are used to determine the allergy. The same method are used to identified the allergy white proteins or egg yolk proteins. White proteins egg allergy is more common. Blood test are made to test the presence of immunoglobulin E antibodies to egg protein. A food elimination diet is also used to determine the allergy is present
Management and Treatment
The best way to get protected from form egg allergies is to avoid eating eggs. In case of non veg food the most common hidden ingredient of foods is egg like canned soups, salad dressings, ice cream and many meat-based dishes such as meatballs and meatloaf. A person having egg allergy may be able to tolerate baked goods and other foods containing eggs which are cooked properly for long period at a high temperature. However it is not sure that an egg-allergic individual can safely tolerate any item for consumption containing eggs. Antihistamines to some extent may help to relieve mild symptoms of egg allergy.
Eggs in vaccines
As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a person with egg allergy should receive the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine.
One of the safe medications for egg allergies is flu vacation but it must be given in medical care to avoid the adverse effects together with anaphylaxis. The people with egg alleries should be be vaccinated of flu vacation in ordinary pharmacy. A detail tests are required before giving flu vacation. However One type flu vaccine injection that does not contain egg protein is approved for use for the people of ages between 18 to 49.
Yellow fever vaccine comprises egg protein. World Health Organization and CDC has stated that a severe egg allergy is a contraindication for that vaccine. In Africa and South America Yellow fever is most commonly found. The vaccine is required for travelers to those countries where this diseases are common.
Proteins are necessary for the people to remain healthy. If someone has egg allergy there are many kind of food containing sufficient amount of proteins. In this matter a good Dietitian or a nutritionist can help to plan the meals to ensure that you get sufficient protein in the absence of eggs like Tofu, muffins, baking Flax seed oil Chickpea flour.
Benefits of an egg-free diet
Eating egg-free diets are indisputable for people with an allergy to egg protein. Avoiding eggs from your diet removes a major cause of cholesterol which is one of the major factor to increase the risk of heart disease. Eggs and undercooked poultry are also among the major source of food poisoning from salmonella bacteria. Poorly cooked eggs can cause nausea, vomiting, swelling and additional gastrointestinal complications.
White part of egg is high in sodium and egg yolk contains high cholesterol. People with high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular problems are suggested to reduce eating this. Egg is highly calorific and so reducing its consumption can help to lose weight.