What is the prevalence of egg allergies?

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The exact prevalence of egg allergies specifically is unknown, but the percentage is low. Food allergies exist in just 4 percent to 8 percent of children, and that number drops to just 2 percent of adults. And though an egg allergy is one of the more common food allergies, there are seven other food allergies that help account for the vast majority of all food 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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