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Can a person have an allergy to whole eggs but not egg whites?

Can a person have an allergy to whole eggs but not egg whites?

Essentially no: All of the antigens in the egg white will obviously be in the whole egg. However, some of the proteins are denatured enough by cooking to allow patients that are allergic to raw egg to be able to eat cooked egg. A blood test may help in determining if this is likely in an individual patient. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Can I eat egg whites if I have an allergy to eggs?

Can I eat egg whites if I have an allergy to eggs?

NO: Almost 100% of individuals allergic to egg are allergic to egg white or ovoalbumin. A small percentage can tolerate egg yolk; it is safest to avoid all egg products. Recent reports suggest that egg-allergic children might tolerated baked eggs, however it is not straightforward to predict who these semi-tolerant children might be. ...Read more

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What symptoms with an egg allergy?

What symptoms with an egg allergy?

Very variable...: Eggs are one of the most common allergy-causing foods in children. Symptoms can occur minutes to a few hours after eating eggs or foods containing eggs. Signs and symptoms range from mild to severe skin rashes, hives, nasal inflammation, and vomiting or other digestive problems. Rarely, egg allergy can cause anaphylaxis — a life-threatening reaction. ...Read more

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What is symptom for sever egg Allergy?

Hives, swelling, etc: Symptoms of food allergy are the same regardless of the food - immediate (anaphylactic) hives around the mouth, 2 hours later all over. Swollen lips, tongue, face, eyelids. Expect nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, choking, coughing, difficulty breathing, sense of doom, lightheadedness, loss of consciousness. When not life-threatening as above, chronic exposure may exacerbate eczema. ...Read more

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What are common signs of an egg allergy?

What are common signs of an egg allergy?

Egg allergy: Egg allergy can lead to a worsening of eczema, it can result in hives or swelling (angioedema) of the face, mouth or entire body. Symptoms can include vomiting and diarrhea. Egg anaphylaxis (severe reaction) is less common, but more serious. Egg allergy is more common in children than adults and the triggering protein is usually in the egg white vs the yolk. ...Read more

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What symptoms manifest with an egg allergy?

What symptoms manifest with an egg allergy?

Depends: Symptoms of food allergy (egg included) may include hives, cough, shortness of breath, eczema, wheezing, vomiting or diarrhea. ...Read more

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Could someone with an egg allergy eat baked egg?

Could someone with an egg allergy eat baked egg?

Depends: Some patients will only react to scrambled eggs while tolerating eggs in baked goods. When the egg allergen is baked, it changes the nature of the allergen. Some children with egg allergy need to avoid all egg products. There is a blood test to help determine which kids may tolerate baked eggs but history and an in office food challenge by an allergy office is the best way to evaluate this. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of an egg allergy?

What are some of the symptoms of an egg allergy?

Multiple symptoms: Symptoms of allergy to egg (or any food) may include rash/hives, eczema, shortness of breath, cough, throat discomfort, wheezing, vomiting or diarrhea, lip/tongue swelling, etc. ...Read more