What causes an egg allergy?

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Egg allergies are caused by your immune system's overreaction to particular egg proteins. These proteins prompt a response from your body to protect itself, so it starts creating antibodies. The release of these antibodies causes the common symptoms of allergic reactions: a rash or hives, itchy or watery eyes, itchy throat and a runny nose, just to name a few.

Age and having other allergies are two of the largest risk factors for developing an egg allergy. Egg allergies are found much more often in children, who usually outgrow them by the age of 16. In addition, having other allergies is a risk. Whether the individual has other allergies or their parents have an allergy, both scenarios can mean a greater risk of egg allergies.

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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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