Atlanta egg allergy facts

Have You Suffered an Allergic Reaction After Eating Eggs?

Eggs are one of the most common types of food allergy. Even if you have been eating eggs without concern, you could experience a sudden allergic reaction requiring an egg allergy treatment. However, determining if you have an allergy can be tough, particularly if it happens without warning. Here are the details Atlanta parents should know if their child suffers a reaction after eating eggs.

Can Egg Allergies Develop Suddenly?

An egg allergy occurs when proteins in an egg white or yolk are considered by the immune system to be a threat. Antibodies are produced to counter the threat, then chemicals such as histamines are released. The resulting allergic reaction leads to the symptoms of an egg allergy.

In most cases, this process happens during infancy when the immune system is less developed. However, the good news is that most children will outgrow the allergy over time. Research found that 37% of children outgrow their egg allergy by age 10, and 68% by age 16.

While this is a positive for the many parents concerned about their child’s allergy, the prevalence of egg allergies means many children will still remain at risk from eggs. Additionally, it is considered rare for adults to develop egg allergies, but there are cases of adult-onset allergies without any previous symptoms.

The reasons for a sudden reaction to eggs can vary. Some examples of the trigger for an unexpected response to eggs include medication, chronic infections and digestive issues. Your allergist will consider such factors when determining how to treat an egg allergy.

It’s also important to note that if you suddenly experience stomach issues hours or even days after consuming eggs, you may have an egg intolerance. While an intolerance is not an immune system issue, it’s worth getting tested for allergies to be certain of the exact condition you’re dealing with.

What Are the Signs You Have an Egg Allergy?

Common signs you have an egg allergy include the following.

  • Skin hives
  • Skin inflammation
  • Stomach pains
  • Runny nose
  • Vomiting
  • Breathing issues
  • Coughing and wheezing

How Can I Treat an Egg Allergy?

Due to the potential for anaphylaxis, you should stop eating eggs after any symptoms appear. Eggs are constituents of many baked goods and other food recipes, making it important to check all packaging. Some patients might find their best option is to undergo oral immunotherapy treatment. This process involves eating small amounts of egg in steadily increasing amounts. The immune system builds a tolerance to eggs, minimizing the chances of a future allergic reaction.

Get Assistance Overcoming an Egg Allergy

Are you concerned about an egg allergy affecting you or your child? Chacko Food Allergy Treatment Center can diagnose and treat egg allergies from locations in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Druid Hills, Duluth and Johns Creek. Call (678) 668-4688 to make an appointment.

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