Egg Allergy


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egg allergyAs you may have known already, any food allergy is an abnormal reaction to food that is produced by exposure to certain types of foods which create an immune system response.  An immune system response from egg or dairy related allergy can create some baffling illness symptoms. In fact, egg allergies are believed to be the number one cause of eczema in children while asthma is the number symptom in adults.

Persons with egg allergies are believed to be hypersensitive to two classes of foods with the first being other types of eggs like duck and quail eggs and second (more commonly), poultry, especially chicken.  It has been reported that up to 50% of persons which are sensitive to eggs can eat chicken. Unfortunately, there are a significant amount of people who can not eat either due to proteins known as alpha-livetin or serum albumin which can cause allergies to both foods. There is a common allergy diagnosis referred to as “bird-egg syndrome,” which is mostly seen in persons who handle certain birds for a period of time that can later become sensitized and can develop egg allergies.

Looking closer, these are proteins can withstand high cooking temperatures as well as the acids and enzymes the digestive system. The allergens caused by consuming these proteins can pass though the linings of the gastrointestinal tract, disperse into the blood circulatory system and create different allergy symptoms throughout the body.

Here are some illness symptoms which have been reported to be from an egg allergy:

  • Trends insomnia or difficulties sleeping
  • Mood swings
  • Fatigue
  • Acidity
  • Constipation
  • Symptoms resembling arthritis
  • Enuresis or nocturnal enuresis
  • Swelling of the face and lips
  • Rhinitis
  • Migraine
  • Wheezing

Eczema which is an inflammation and dryness of the skin can also be attributed to eggs and other dairy products.  Persons with chronic egg allergies can also develop hives which can take some time to heal once the egg protein leaves the body. It is suggested that one should consider allergies by a parent to dairy products to include eggs as a pre-cursor to children developing similar allergy symptoms at an early age.

About the Author: Joshua Cohen is a chicken farmer in up state Pennsylvania.

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