Egg allergy is among the most common types of food allergies. Studies have shown that two percent of all children develop an allergy to eggs. Children affected by egg allergies may develop reactions fluctuating from mild respiratory problems to a fully life-threatening condition. Fortunately, about 70 percent of them manage to outgrow egg allergies by age 16.
Some of the milder symptoms can be relieved via antihistamines, but that’s only a temporary solution. It’s important to contact a physician if you suspect egg allergies in yourself or your child.
Coping with Egg Allergy
Once diagnosed, an efficient solution is avoiding contact with eggs. However, this can be easier said than done. Eggs are found in a broad spectrum of foods including canned soups, ice cream, meatballs, some sausages, and baked goods. That’s why it’s important to read food product labels carefully. If you do remove eggs from your diet, make sure to replace them with other healthy sources of protein.
Another alternative to avoiding eggs is known as sublingual immunotherapy which can help the immune system build up a tolerance to eggs over time. It’s similar to allergy shots, except the “allergy serum” is taken as under-the-tongue drops instead of allergy shots. For more information about sublingual immunotherapy, call Family Allergy Clinic at 1-480-827-9945.