Egg Allergy

Egg Allergy

Egg allergy is a condition in which your body reacts to the proteins present in the egg and consider them as encroachers. The immune system with in the allergic person overreacts with the egg proteins and produce antibodies like immunoglobulin E (IgE) which in turn produces some chemicals like histamine. These chemicals in turn produce allergic symptoms in  affected person.

Most of the egg allergies are caused by the proteins present with in the egg white while some people are allergic to proteins with in the yolk. Egg allergy doesn’t mean that you are allergic towards boiled egg or omelet, but you must be careful when consuming products that contains egg.

Most of the time egg allergies begins in the childhood and many kids get rid of this problem when they reach the age of five or seven. If You have allergy to egg in adolescent phase too then you need to consult an allergy specialist.

Symptoms of Egg Allergy

The symptoms of egg allergy may vary from person to person and the time gap required for the occurrence of allergy may also vary from some minutes to hours after consuming egg products. Most of the allergic people develop inflammation on the skin or hives. There may be rashes on the skin and areas around the mouth. Sneezing, itching, runny nose, watery eyes, coughing, gagging, choking, wheezing, breathing trouble etc are the symptoms of egg allergy. Certain people may also have gastrointestinal problems like vomiting, diarrhea, nausea etc.

Severe allergy towards egg may develop life threatening reactions like anaphylaxis. This is a  condition in which there may develop blocks with in the respiratory tract leading to the constriction of respiratory tract. You may also develop a lump with in the throat or  swollen throat which makes breathing very difficult. Your blood pressure may drop down and you may have shock, increased pulse rate, abdominal pain, lightheadedness, dizziness and sometimes lack of consciousness.

If you have egg allergy then you must read the ingredient label of any product you are going to eat. You can  also apply antihistamines  to subside the symptoms of egg allergy.