How to Live With Allergies to Eggs

Eggs are a very common ingredient in almost all types of cuisine and this makes it extremely difficult to live with allergies to eggs. Egg allergies are most common among children under the age of 5, but luckily most children are able to outgrow the allergy by the time they reach early adolescence. It is very important, especially for parents, to know how to recognize symptoms of the allergy and take necessary precautions.


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    Look for signs that indicate allergic reactions. There are 4 major symptoms associated with egg allergy as well as other miscellaneous symptoms.
    • Abnormal marks on the skin such as hives and flushing or swollen areas.
    • Disturbances in the digestive system such as stomach aches, diarrhea or vomiting.
    • Breathing problems that cause wheezing or breathing difficulties.
    • Heart disorders such as low blood pressure or fast pulse.
    • Other miscellaneous symptoms include nausea, runny nose and itching near the mouth.
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    Seek medical assistance if you notice any of the symptoms. The most common symptom to appear among babies is a rash or sick reaction after eating eggs. The doctor can conduct various tests to confirm whether a person is allergic to eggs.
    • Skin test: The doctor will expose the skin to egg extract and prick the skin gently. The appearance of a raised and reddish spot where the egg extract was placed indicates that the subject has egg allergy.
    • Blood test: If the skin test yields negative the doctor may decide to do a blood test. The doctor will take a sample of the subject's blood and send it to the lab for chemical testing.
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    Avoid contact or ingestion of eggs in any form, including dried egg, egg white, egg yolk, powdered egg and whole egg.
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    Check for any ingredients that could cause allergic reactions. Such ingredients include albumin, globulin, alpha-livetin, lysozyme, ova, ovoglobulin, ovomucin, ovomucoid, ovotransferrin, ovovitellin, ovovitellin, silici albuminate, simples and vitellin.
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    Replace nutritional deficiencies with other food sources. Eggs are a healthy source of protein so for someone who needs to avoid eggs other sources of protein need to be used.
    • Replace each egg with half a tablespoon of oil and 1 teaspoon of baking powder during common baking recipes. Eggs are one of the most common ingredients used in baking but this trick allows people to still enjoy many treats such as cookies and cupcakes despite having to live with allergies to eggs.
    • Increase the intake of protein from other sources such as chicken, fish, peanuts and beans.
    • Talk to a dietitian and devise a plan that will allow you to fulfill your nutritional needs while avoiding eggs.


  • Keep a travel list of all the ingredients you need to avoid. Don't be afraid to tell people about the ingredients that you are allergic to during your travels, such as flight attendants and event hosts.


  • Be careful even when using egg substitutes because they still usually contain egg whites or egg in some portion.
  • Seek immediate medical assistance if a person has breathing problems or abnormal heart behavior. This may or may not be related to egg allergies but can cause serious harm or death if not treated immediately.
  • Always tell the doctor about any allergies before the administration of flu shots. Some vaccines have small amounts of egg proteins that should not be given to people that are allergic to eggs.

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Categories: Allergies and Immunization