Sunday, October 3, 2010

Egg allergy

The egg white is the most allergic part. Egg allergy is common, with about 1 in 20 babies being affected. The good news is that most children grow out of egg allergy. They usually will be able to tolerate eggs again by school age (by 5 or 6 years old).

Symptoms from egg allergy

  • Skin reactions (urticaria/ hives/ wheals and eczema) are the most common symptoms.
  • Most children with egg allergy have eczema.
  • Some children will get choking and wheezing with larger amounts of egg.
  • The reactions can be frightening and may appear life-threatening. However, children invariable recover.

Diagnosis of egg allergy

Skin prick testing is very helpful for diagnosis because most egg allergy is a quick onset type of reaction. They shoulkd be tested for a panel of foods, as children with egg allergy often also have peanut and cow’s milk allergy. Most children with egg allergy have eczema.

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