Can I develop an egg allergy as an adult?

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Though egg allergies usually occur in children, it is possible for adults to develop an egg allergy. An egg allergy, like all food allergies, is most likely to happen in children because their digestive system is immature. Even if it can recognize a triggering food, it continues to absorb it and causes a reaction. As children grow, their digestive system understands not to ingest the triggering substance. However, although it's not fully understood why, sometimes things change and an adult can suddenly develop a food allergy.

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Egg Allergy

Egg Allergy

Allergies to eggs and egg whites are more common in children than adults, causing rashes, hives, inflamed nasal passages, vomiting and even anaphylaxis, a life-threatening reaction. Many children outgrow this allergy. Over-the-cou...

nter antihistamine medications can help relieve mild allergy symptoms, but avoiding eggs and food containing egg and egg products is the only way to stay safe. Read all product ingredient labels, and be careful even of egg substitutes, which can contain egg whites.
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