How common is egg allergy?

Eggs are the second most common food allergy in children. Approximately 1.5% of kids have an allergy to hens eggs, although most kids will outgrow the allergy. Therefore, it is not a major allergen for adults.

Yes. Eggs are one of major common foods that cause food allergies. The other seven are milk, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, soybeans, and wheat. These eight foods account for 90% of all food-allergy reactions according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics
Yes, egg is one of the eight common foods identified as being responsible for 90% of all food-allergic reactions.  Egg allergy is estimated to affect ~1.5% of all young children.  However, egg allergy is also one that is often outgrown.

Several recent studies indicate 1-2% of children have an egg allergy.  Estimation of egg allergy in the general population, including adults is 0.2-0.3%.   We used to say that egg allergy is outgrown by age 3-5 years but recent studies indicate it may take a few years longer. 

Egg allergies are one of the most common food allergies. There are over 160 different foods that are known to cause allergic reactions, but just eight foods are responsible for 90 percent of all food-related allergic reactions. Eggs are number two on the top-eight list: milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans.

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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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