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Chacko Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center provides food allergy testing and treatment for egg allergies. An allergy to eggs is one of the most common food allergies out there, and eggs can be a concern even for young children.
As many as 2.5% of young children have an egg allergy, and the possibility of anaphylaxis exists in the most severe cases. If you are concerned about allergy symptoms, Dr. Chacko has a track record of delivering first-class food allergy treatment to children and adults living in the Atlanta area.
An Overview of Egg Allergy Symptoms
Egg allergies occur when the immune system mistakenly believes egg proteins are a threat, and releases chemicals in defense of the body. This process leads to the symptoms commonly associated with a food allergy.
- Skin rashes or hives
- Stomach pains and cramps
- Runny nose and congestion
- Breathing difficulties and coughing
For many patients, these allergy symptoms will be minor. However, an egg allergy can be dangerous and does carry the threat of anaphylaxis. Symptoms of a severe reaction are dizziness, breathing issues and loss of consciousness.
The Main Egg Allergy Treatments
With eggs used as an ingredient in cake, pasta, salad dressing and many other products, avoiding exposure is quite difficult. However, it is recommended that you take precautions by using avoidance until your allergist has developed a treatment plan that will keep you or your child safe.
After your allergist has diagnosed an egg allergy using skin prick, blood or oral challenge testing, medication such as antihistamines may be recommended. Effective medication use can limit the irritation that arises from accidental exposure and reduce the severity of symptoms.
When egg allergy symptoms are severe or when a patient wants to continue eating eggs, oral immunotherapy treatment (OIT) may be a possibility. OIT or food allergy desensitization requires a patient to consume carefully regulated doses of the allergenic food over a period of months. This treatment time may extend to more than one year. During treatment, patients eat small amounts of egg until a maintenance level is reached, and the threat of allergic reactions is diminished.
Common Questions About Egg Allergies
What can I do if my child experiences anaphylaxis after eating eggs?
In the event of a severe reaction or anaphylactic shock, call emergency services for help. When an individual is at great risk from an allergy, epinephrine will often be prescribed by their allergist. Having an epinephrine auto-injector on hand can quickly tackle these severe symptoms by administering adrenaline.
How can I get an egg allergy diagnosis?
During an appointment your allergist will first discuss allergy symptoms, relevant medical conditions, plus your family history of allergies and sensitivities. Next, allergy testing (most commonly skin prick testing) will precisely identify the cause of allergic reactions.
How effective is oral immunotherapy treatment for an egg allergy?
OIT is an effective treatment that can help patients build a tolerance to eggs. While treatment efficacy will vary for each individual, studies have found that 75% of children who followed the OIT process for 22 months were desensitized.
Professional Egg Allergy Treatments in Atlanta and Beyond
Have you or your child experienced the symptoms of an egg allergy? If so, contact us for reliable testing and treatment options. Dr. Chacko works with patients to effectively diagnose and treat food allergies from centers in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth and Johns Creek. For assistance, call (678) 668-4688 or make an appointment now.