Will my child outgrow their egg allergy?

Amy R. Auerbach, MD
Allergy & Immunology
According to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, egg allergy affects approximately 1.5% of children.  Fortunately, 70 percent of children outgrow egg allergy.  While previously it was thought that children outgrew egg allergy by the age of 5, data published by Dr. Wood of Johns Hopkins in 2007 suggests that many children will take longer to outgrow egg allergy, with only 15 percent outgrowing it by age 5. Your allergist can monitor your child's levels of IgE, the antibody that forms in response to an allergen, and determine when the level is low enough that your child is unlikely to have an allergic reaction.  Additionally, children who are able to tolerate "high heat" egg such as egg that is baked in the oven in muffins or cake are more likely to outgrow their egg allergy.

Your child will likely outgrow their food allergy, usually by the age of 5. In general, as you age, your body's digestive system becomes more tolerant. It knows to avoid taking in the foods that cause the allergy attacks, and ceases to react to the allergen.

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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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