Egg Allergy

Friday, June 01, 2012

Egg is one of the most common causes of food allergy. It is estimated that most children outgrow egg allergy by the age of five, but some people remain allergic for a lifetime. Dr. Edward Hill discusses egg allergy in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Egg allergy is one of the most common food allergies in infants and young children. Because eggs and egg proteins are used in many of the foods kids eat, an egg allergy can be hard to diagnose. An egg allergy usually begins when children are very young. Most outgrow the allergy by age 5.

The egg is made up of many different proteins, some of which are allergenic and others which are not.

Egg allergy reactions include itchy rashes on the skin, stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, runny nose, sneezing, coughing and wheezing. People who have a serious egg allergy may experience anaphylaxisa severe allergic reaction that causes swelling of the throat and airways resulting in an inability to breathe. Anaphylactic reactions can be fatal if not treated quickly.

Parents must be diligent in associating these symptoms in their children with certain foods containing egg protein. The only way to treat an egg allergy is to eliminate eggs and foods made with eggs from the diet.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.