Egg allergy is one of the most common food allergies. This type of allergy is mostly found in children. Many people, with the passage of time, may outgrow the allergy. However, in some cases, the allergy may never go. The person with egg allergy shows immediate reaction after taking any diet that contains elements of the egg. The reaction of the allergy varies from person to person. The reaction can be mild sometimes and extreme in some cases. Let’s have a look at signs and symptoms a person with egg allergy shows.
- Skin Inflammation
- Nasal Congestion
- Sneezing and Runny Nose
- Cramps, Nausea, and Vomiting
- Shortening of breath
- Tightness of Chest, Coughing, and Wheezing
Anaphylaxis, that is the most severe reaction caused by egg allergy, is a life-threatening condition. The patient in such a conditions requires to be taken to emergency room on urgent basis. The signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis include:
- Difficulty in Breathing
- Swollen Throat or Lump in the throat
- Abdominal Pain
- Fast Pulse
- Severe drop in Blood Pressure
- Dizziness or Lightheadedness
- Unconsciousness (in extreme cases)
The first thing you need to do is it consult with your doctor if your body shows any of these symptoms whether mild or severe. The reaction caused by the allergy may not be same the every time. They can range anywhere from mild to extreme every time you take a food with that contains egg.
Management of Egg Allergy
The only possible way to treat the egg allergy is to stop eating the eggs altogether. You need to careful shop for products in the market as most of them have egg ingredient elements that can exude severe reactions. However, some people with egg allergy may be able to tolerate food items that have eggs cooked for longer periods or baked items.
Some people are allergic to egg yolk whereas others may have egg white allergy. It is difficult to separate the yolk from egg white complete, hence it is recommended to not to eat the eggs at all for people with any of the egg allergy.
There are some medications available to ease out the effects of reactions. The drug (Antihistamines) does not prevent allergy or can treat it, it can be only used to lower the reaction caused by an allergy. However, in the case of Anaphylaxis, the patient may need to carry the emergency epinephrine injector with them to reduce the effects.
To avoid getting severe reactions from egg allergy, you can follow the following prevention measures.
- Carefully read the food labels to determine whether the ingredients contain eggs or not.
- Avoid marshmallows, mayonnaise, baked food, puddings, salad dressing, pasta, and frostings as they contain egg in them.
- If an infant has developed the egg-allergy, the breastfeeding mother should avoid eating eggs.
- Some vaccines also have the element of egg in them that can trigger the reaction. It is necessary to tell your doctor about the allergy before taking the vaccination.
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