We know that allergies affect millions of people worldwide, and there are all kinds. Some of the most common allergies are to food when consumed or simply manipulated generates an adverse reaction to the body.
Therefore we must be attentive to the presence of certain symptoms and signs as we could be allergic to a particular food, and unknowingly continue consuming what affects us. Today we discuss in detail one of these foods: the chicken egg.
When someone has egg allergy what happens is that his immune system reacts against this food because it is particularly sensitive to him. In other words the immune system produces Immunoglobulin E (IgE), responsible for “attack” of egg proteins.
When a person eats eggs or any food containing it, or even if it is in contact with this food, allergic reaction occurs.
Symptoms of egg allergy
We must clarify that, like other types of allergies – there is a wide range of possible reactions, which vary in different people. Some of them may be very mild, just a simple discomfort, such as itching feeling in the throat or mouth to consume it.
But others may be a more serious, and may even result in the death of the person; therefore we must not minimize the fact to be able to suffer an allergy.
Among the most common symptoms of egg allergy we can highlight skin reactions, which can be hives, skin redness, itching, swollen lips and eyelids. It is also common that those who have this condition have consequences in the digestive system: pain in the abdomen, diarrhea and vomiting.
In a minor cases other symptoms such as conjunctivitis, coughing, mucus liquid and even changes in the voice. The most worrying consequences of egg allergy are difficulty for breathing and swallowing, in which case should go immediately to the emergency room.
If you had any of these symptoms and you think may be related to a possible egg allergy keep in mind two things. First, allergic reactions occur in the short term, usually within an hour of contact with the food. Second, these symptoms are not unique to egg allergy, but they are typical of different food allergies. Therefore ideally test to accurately determine if an allergy is and what element exactly.
How egg allergy diagnosed?
First, it often happens that the presence of any symptoms that we have described, one can detect this relationship between that food and what happens, or well in the medical consultation arises this as the possible cause of these reactions.
The derivation is required in any of the cases to a specialist in allergies, who perform a study to determine the existence or not of that problem. Usually skin tests with proteins of the egg and other potential allergens are performed. This may be accompanied by a blood test.
That is, a simple study that will allow you to detect what you are doing wrong and allow reorganize your diet to no longer suffer from these problems.
Foods that may contain egg and its protein
Believe it or not there are actually many foods and food products in their composition may contain egg. In fact, it is very common to be found eggs or egg proteins in pastries or bakery products (such as cookies, candy, sweets, puddings …), pasta, bread, sausage, ice cream, cheeses, gelatins, some margarines and butters, sauces and soups.
We must bear in mind that the proteins of the egg should appear specified on food labels. And how can we identify them? We can find as albumin, emulsifier, globulin, lecithin or E-322, coagulant, livetin, lysozyme, ovalbumin, ovomucin, ovomucoid, ovovittelin, vitellin or E-161b (also known as yellow pigment or lutein).
Also it can be found in cosmetics and some medicines and drugs. For example, soaps, gels, shampoos or creams. And certain drugs, nasal drops with lysozyme or multivitamins.