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Management of egg allergy

Egg allergy is a hypersensitivity to proteins found in chicken eggs and possibly goose, duck or turkey eggs. It is caused by eating eggs. Egg allergy has been known to appear in children and then outgrown at the age of 16. Some people though remain allergic for a lifetime. It has been identified as the second most common food allergy in children after cow’s milk.

The symptoms can be rapid or gradual in onset, possibly not manifesting until an hour after eating eggs. Children who are allergic to eggs can have reactions ranging from a mild rash to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening condition that impairs breathing and can send the body into shock. To diagnose this allergy, it is best to see an allergist who will do a skin-prick test or a blood test.

Management of egg allergy is to avoid eating eggs and food that contain eggs such as cakes or cookies. It is important to read food labels before buying any food that might have eggs added into it. Also, it is important to inform your health care provider if you have this allergy because some vaccines such as the flu vaccine and the yellow fever vaccines contain egg proteins. These vaccines should not be given without the presence of an allergist.

Egg allergy is not fatal where appropriately managed and is usually outgrown.

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