Until now, the only option for those with an egg allergy was simply to avoid eggs. That can be tricky with eggs appearing in baked goods, ice cream, mayonnaise, canned soups, breaded foods and more.
But there’s a better option, and it’s available through the Family Allergy Clinic. The treatment (known as sublingual immunotherapy) starts with oral allergy drops that contain extracts of egg proteins. The allergy drops absorb into the bloodstream through special cells in the mouth, working to gradually desensitize the body to eggs.
Egg allergies can cause skin reactions (hives, eczema), gastrointestinal problems (gas, diarrhea, cramping, vomiting), and respiratory symptoms (wheezing, coughing, hay fever). But sublingual (under-the-tongue) allergy drops may help patients add eggs back into their diet without all of those irritating side effects.
Sublingual allergy drops have been used since the mid-1980s for treating pollen allergies. Recent research, including high-profile studies at Duke University,1 has shown that the drops are effective for food allergies, too. They are derived from natural particles and are safer than allergy shots (for adults and children).
1Kim EH, Bird JA, Kulius M, Laubach S, Pons L, Shreffler W, Steele P, Kamilaris J, Vickery B, Burks AW. “Sublingual immunotherapy for peanut allergy: clinical and immunologic evidence of desensitization.” Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology Mar 2011