Egg Allergies

Egg Allergies & Signs: Causes of Food Allergy & Common Allergies and Symptoms Of Eggs

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Allergies to eggs is one of the most common forms of allergies in the U.S. An egg white allergy affects over 1% of infants and children. 

Egg Allergies

Children with egg food allergies need to avoid any food that contain eggs, but this can be pretty difficult due to the fact that so many products on the market contain eggs.

Egg White Allergy

The part of the egg that most people are allergic to is not the yolk, but the egg white. Since there's really no effective way to remove all of the white from the yolk, you or your child can still trigger an allergic reaction to simple egg yolks. 

Egg Allergies

So, what do you do and how do you know what foods contain eggs ingredients?

Egg Allergies and Vaccines

The MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine does contain eggs protein. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has stated that the MMR vaccine can be given to kids that have child allergies to eggs. Talk with your doctor to see if the MMR vaccine can be safely administered to you or your child.

Please don't not take this page or this site as medical advice. 

Some flu vaccines and the yellow fever vaccine may also contain a small amount of egg or egg protein. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) has stated that flu vaccines can be given to patients with egg allergies. Again, if you or your child is allergic to eggs it's always best to talk with your doctor before receiving a flu shot or any kind of vaccine. Do you own research and make an informed decision.

What Is A Food Allergy? - Know Your Food Labels

The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-282, Title II) (FALCPA) has since mandated that all food products sold in the U.S. that contain eggs must be clearly marked on the label in English as having eggs. The law also states that ingredients in foods must be listed by their "common or usual name''.

Egg Allergies

You can find this law on the website. I highly recommend you thoroughly read every label on every package you buy. Never take the ingredients for granted. Sometimes the ingredients change so keep a close eye on the labels. There are many foods that are exempt or aren't covered by the FDA allergen labeling laws.

It's also written in the law that "many consumers may not realize the ingredient is derived from, or contains, a major food allergen" because some of the names food manufacturers use may be unfamiliar to consumers. 

A List Of Foods That Contain Eggs

Although this is not a complete list, it will surely point you in the right direction. You should avoid these food products and ingredients:

  • Albumin (albumen)
  • Apovitellin
  • Dried egg (powdered and solids)
  • Egg substitutes
  • Egg (dried, powdered, solids, white, yolk)
  • Eggnog
  • Globulin
  • Livetin
  • Lysozyme
  • Mayonnaise
  • Meringue (meringue powder)
  • Ovalbumin
  • Ovoglobulin
  • Ovomucin
  • Ovomucoid
  • Silici albuminate
  • Simplesse
  • Surimi
  • Vitellin
Egg Allergies

Sometimes eggs can be hidden in popular foods such as baked goods and pasta. You also need to look for ingredients "artificial" and "natural" flavoring. While having egg allergies is never an enjoyable experience, you can still properly eat with a little knowledge, self discipline and planning.

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