Egg Allergies

Oral Immunotherapy (OIT) Egg Allergy Treatment

Egg allergies are the second most common allergies in children and adults. Living with egg allergies can be difficult. Eggs are a common food. They are also a common ingredient in other foods.

Why are people allergic to eggs? The white portion of an egg contains proteins that trigger allergic reactions. It is impossible to separate the egg white completely from the yolk. People allergic to eggs cannot eat any part of the egg.

Egg allergy reactions can be mild, such as hives. Reactions can also be severe and include anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical treatment. If you have an egg allergy, keep an epinephrine auto-injector (like EpiPen®, Auvi-Q™ or Adrenaclick®) with you at all times. This is the best defense against anaphylaxis.

If you are seeking relief from your egg allergies, call Dr. Anna George, our board-certified allergist. We are here to help people with egg allergies and other food allergies. Dr. Anna George has helped many patients overcome their food allergies. They are now able to live a normal life without fear of eggs or foods containing eggs.

Foods To Avoid Until Your OIT Treatment Begins

Avoid foods that contain eggs or any of these ingredients:

  • Albumin (also spelled albumen)
  • Egg (dried, powdered, solids, white, yolk)
  • Eggnog
  • Lysozyme
  • Mayonnaise
  • Meringue or meringue powder
  • Ovalbumin
  • Surimi (crab substitute – may have egg in it)

Eggs are sometimes found in the following:

  • Baked goods (although some people can tolerate baked goods – consult with your allergist)
  • Egg substitutes
  • Ice cream
  • Lecithin
  • Marzipan
  • Marshmallows
  • Nougat
  • Pasta
  • Pretzels
  • Specialty coffee drinks
  • Some alcoholic beverages

Getting the right help at the right time can be crucial in an egg allergy situation. Call The Woodlands Allergy Center today (281).713.9011