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An egg allergy: causes and prevention

An egg allergy is one of the most difficult allergy types. If a person has an allergy to eggs, he should remove a lot of products from his ration. Eggs are contained in lots of dishes.

An egg allergy: how does it start?

An allergy to eggs is a fairly frequent phenomenon. The fact is that chicken eggs contain a large number of nutritional elements: vitamins B-12 and E, proteins, iron, folic acid, calcium, and others. Theoretically, an allergy can be caused by each of these substances. But mainly the egg allergy is divided into two subspecies: an allergy to chicken protein and an allergy to the chicken yolk. A yolk is a rather weak allergen, almost 50 times weaker than protein. The yolk contains vitellin, which is the most allergenic in it, and it is destroyed during cooking usually. The egg allergy caused by protein or albumin predominantly.

Allergy to chicken protein manifests itself immediately – on the skin (itching, rash, eczema, Quincke’s edema), breathing disorders (bronchial asthma, nasal congestion), problems with the gastrointestinal tract (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea).

Products that are forbidden for those who suffer from the egg allergy

Unfortunately, allergy to eggs cannot be treated. You can only remove them from your ration, as well as products included eggs in a receipt. Candidates for removing: mayonnaise, tartar sauce, baking mixes, ice cream, cereals, wafers, soufflé, pasta, spaghetti, pasta, flour, sausages, and meatloaf. Pay attention to the label and remember ingredients contained in eggs: albumin, lysozyme, coagulant, thickener, emulsifier, vitellin, globulin and others.

Sometimes such an allergy also entails an allergy to chicken meat and eggs of other birds. This phenomenon is called cross-allergy.

People who are allergic to eggs cannot be vaccinated against influenza, typhus, tick-borne encephalitis. The fact is that inoculations are grown on chick embryos so that they can be dangerous for people with an egg allergy.

What is allowed to eat?

An egg protein can be replaced with vegetable or animal protein, for example, meat or legumes.
The baking mixture can be replaced with soy flour, cornstarch mixed with water.
Quail eggs are an excellent alternative. They are not allergic, and they are more nutritious than chicken.
Different types of cookies can be a popular alternative to cakes made without the use of milk and eggs.
Good alternative desserts can be berries and fruits.
Most types of chocolate sauces and jellies do not contain egg products.

Persons who sufferers from an egg allergy need to be careful with consumed food because even a small number of eggs in a product can cause at an easy stage just an itch or even indigestion.

2 thoughts to “An egg allergy: causes and prevention”

  1. Are there more chances that a child will develop an egg allergy if one of his parents has such an allergy?

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