Of all the different types of allergies, an egg allergy can be one of the most frustrating. Along with eggs themselves, foods like cakes, mayonnaise and pasta may be off limits to many. Families across Atlanta frequently adjust their diets to cater to an allergy sufferer, child or adult. But exactly how dangerous is an egg allergy?
Are Egg Allergies Dangerous?
For most people with an egg allergy, reactions will be mild. Symptoms of an egg allergy include a skin rash or hives, nasal congestion, runny nose, stomach pains, diarrhea, coughing and wheezing. However, for a limited number of people, an anaphylactic reaction is likely to occur.
One study into anaphylaxis found that 7% of reported cases were caused by egg allergies. Additionally, when an individual also suffers from asthma, cases were often exacerbated. Because a severe reaction can happen within minutes of an interaction with eggs, a fast response is critical to reducing danger. A food allergy doctor will often recommend an epinephrine auto-injector to prevent severe breathing issues or loss of consciousness.
Who Is Most at Threat From an Egg Allergy?
While adults can experience reactions to eating eggs, allergies are far more common in children. In fact, most allergic reactions to eggs begin between the ages of 6 months and 15 months. An underdeveloped digestive system is the primary cause of an allergic reaction in young children, but the condition may be outgrown with age. Also, suffering from an egg allergy can increase the risk of experiencing milk, peanut, soy, pollen and other allergies.
Allergic Reactions to Cooked and Raw Eggs
Raw or lightly cooked eggs are a common food allergy trigger, but the danger of an allergic reaction actually decreases after thorough cooking. As an egg is exposed to more heat, the protein changes form and is less likely to trigger an immune system response. While this may increase the range of foods an individual can tolerate, there is no guarantee cooked eggs will not lead to a reaction.
How Can You Reduce the Danger of an Egg Allergy?
The right egg allergy treatment can reduce the risk of allergic reactions and expand the range of foods a child can enjoy. An experienced food allergist like Dr. Chacko may recommend oral immunotherapy to reduce tolerance to eggs. This type of food allergy treatment is particularly useful for individuals experiencing disruption to their lives. When there is threat of a severe allergic reaction, oral immunotherapy may offer the relief your child deserves.
Find the Right Egg Allergy Treatment Today
If you have had an allergic reaction after eating eggs, get in contact today. Dr. Chacko diagnoses and treats allergies from locations in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth and Johns Creek. Call us at (678) 668-4688 or request an appointment online.