Have your children had nausea, diarrhea, or red spots after eating eggs? If so, chances are they have an allergy to that oval thing with high protein.
Keep in mind that egg allergy is one of the most common food allergies, especially in early childhood. Those who suffer from chicken egg allergy may also react to duck, goose, and turkey eggs.
The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) mentioned that as many as 2 percent of children are allergic to eggs. Fortunately, 70 percent of those children with an egg allergy will outgrow the condition by age 16.
Egg allergy occurs when the body’s defense system is sensitive to proteins contained in egg white and egg yolk. When it is eaten, the body detects protein as an unknown object, then forms a chemical reaction to fight it. In this stage then the allergy symptoms occurs.
The other symptoms of egg allergy are rashes, swelling in the skin, respiratory problem, runny nose, watery eyes, vomiting, diarrhea, stomachache, and the worst is anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a reaction that can affect several areas of the body and interfere the respiratory system and blood circulation. However, you don’t need to worry, Moms, because this reaction is rarely happened.
How to Check Whether Your Children are Allergic to Eggs
There are several ways to find this out. The first method is through Skin-Prick Test (SPT). A small amount of liquid containing egg protein will be dripped on the back or forearm, then followed by a sterile examination after the liquid has seeped into the skin.
The protein fluid will work for 15-20 minutes and the result will show whether there is an allergy or not. The liquid will also determine whether your children’s allergy comes from the egg yolk or egg white. Generally, egg allergy comes from egg white. The second method is a blood test. Your children’s blood sample will be tested in the laboratory to see whether there is immunoglobulin E or antibodies against egg protein that causes the allergy.
To be more sure, the third method is by testing your children to eat eggs. Test your children by consuming a small amount of egg and see if the allergy appears. When doing this, it is recommended that you have some medications with you in case the allergy appears.
Overcoming Egg Allergy
The best way to overcome egg allergy is to avoid consuming it. Children are advised to stay away from processed foods that contain egg protein. Moms are indeed required to be more careful since eggs are used as one of the ingredients for processed foods such as cakes, pudding, ice cream, and meat-based dishes. Read the labels on the food packaging carefully or try to always ask about the food ingredients before that are made by others.
Medicines such as antihistamines can help relieve some mild symptoms of egg allergy, e.g. itching. Allergists also often suggest of injecting epinephrine to relieve the anaphylaxis symptoms like shortness of breath, throat swelling, dizziness, and sudden drop of blood pressure. To use these medications, Moms are advised to consult a specialist.