Has your child experienced the symptoms of an egg allergy? Egg allergies are common in young children in Atlanta, and this means that a food allergy treatment plan is crucial for avoiding severe reactions. However, because eggs are found in so many food products the cause of the allergic reaction will not always be immediately obvious. If you are concerned about an egg allergy, here are the main symptoms to watch out for.
What Are the Main Symptoms of an Egg Allergy?
- Skin reactions – Hives, rashes and inflammation are common signs of an egg allergy.
- Digestive issues – A person may get stomach cramps, diarrhea or vomiting after eating eggs.
- Breathing problems – Signs can include minor breathing issues, coughing and wheezing.
- Nasal congestion – A blocked or runny nose, sneezing and coughing could occur.
Egg allergy symptoms will not be the same for everyone, and symptom severity will differ as well. In most cases these minor symptoms will pass fairly quickly, but it’s important to pay attention to more severe signs.
What Are the Symptoms of a Severe Allergic Reaction to Eggs?
As with all food allergies, an egg allergy can be dangerous for a small percentage of the population. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that requires fast response and medical attention. Signs of anaphylaxis from an egg allergy include:
- Severe breathing difficulties
- Swelling of the tongue
- Dizziness or loss of consciousness
- Constricted airways
Are Egg Allergies Common in Adults?
For adults, egg allergies are not common. Children are more likely than adults to have egg allergies, as this allergy is frequently outgrown as they reach adulthood. It’s also unlikely that a person will develop egg allergy symptoms during their adult years. However, a small percentage of the U.S. adult population will experience some of the following symptoms after eating eggs.
- Skin rash
- Lip or tongue swelling
- Shortness of breath
Do You Have Symptoms of Egg Intolerance?
Egg allergy and egg intolerance are not the same thing, and the symptoms will vary. Egg intolerance is milder than an egg allergy and usually results in bloating, stomach pain, diarrhea or vomiting. Getting a precise diagnosis from an allergist is important for children and adults, and food allergy testing is part of the process.
How Can You Treat the Symptoms of an Egg Allergy?
If your allergy doctor confirms an egg allergy using a skin prick or blood test, the next stage is developing a treatment plan. Careful avoidance of all products containing egg proteins can reduce the chances of exposure. In addition, antihistamines can limit the severity of an allergic reaction, and epinephrine will treat anaphylaxis during an emergency. In certain cases, oral immunotherapy treatment may be used to desensitize the immune system to eggs.
Expert Diagnosis and Treatment for Egg Allergy Symptoms
Dr. Chacko provides allergy testing and treatments for the symptoms of an egg allergy. If you are concerned about a food allergy of any type, visit a Chacko Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth or Johns Creek. For assistance, call (678) 668-4688 or request an appointment now.