Egg extreme should I be?

Posted on: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 4:17am
slk70's picture
Joined: 02/03/2007 - 09:00

My son has a peanut allergy and we've become a totally peanut/ nut free household. I won't let peopleint he house that have eaten peanuts and am educating everyone on the severity of this fatal allery. Yesterday we learned he also has an egg allergy. Do I do the same with eggs?? Can my family eat eggs or things with eggs or is it severe like the peanut allergy and we need to have an egg free household?? I will ask his doctor but wanted to hear from others with this allergy.


Slk70 (Sheryl)
Mommy to Nathan - born 2/28/06 - Peanut/Egg
Aidan (3 yrs) NFA

Posted on: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 4:43am
SallyL's picture
Joined: 02/20/2006 - 09:00

I think it depends on your own comfort zone. My DD's egg RAST was much higher than her peanut RAST and she has never reacted to me having eggs around for breakfast. For all other meals I make food that is safe for the whole family. She has never had a reaction from me eating eggs in our home.
That said, I'm thinking of becoming egg-free, more to show that we CAN be egg-free and if I'd like others to respect her allergy I feel we shouldn't have eggs, but that's more of a mental issue than a safety one. My DD is 3 and doesn't have unsupervised access to the kitchen.
She did have a cross-contamination/contact reaction from someone bringing in food that had egg on it - and then touching her/cutting up her food. So I'm leaning towards an egg-free house to prevent a repeat. But as for eggs being eaten by DH and I who are allergy aware, it's never been a problem. We just make sure to wash the dishes separately and we was the dish rag right after it's been used with eggs.

Posted on: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 4:53am
slk70's picture
Joined: 02/03/2007 - 09:00

His skin prick test indicated a result of 2+ for eggs. The doctor said he believes he will grow out of it- that he wasn't too concerned about it. Told me to have him avoid eggs for now. He had a bad reaction to peanuts- so I have an epipen and am taking extreme measures. I am just trying to figure out what to do.
We bake with eggs and eat things with eggs- I had mayo on my sandwich at lunch- that is what made me wonder. I love chicken salad and eat it weekly- even fed it to my son. (He has eaten things with egg in it prior to this diagnosis). I hope the doc can give me an answer to this- without being vague.
Slk70 (Sheryl)
Mommy to Nathan - born 2/28/06 - Peanut/Egg
Aidan (3 yrs) NFA

Posted on: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 5:02am
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

My dd had an anaphylactic reaction to eggs and I had to use the epi. She ate two tiny bites of scrambled egg and then went into anaphylaxis. So it can happen. I think if you make sure to wash the dishes really well, you really don`t need an egg free house. To me, though, it was just too much of an effort to make sure everything was washed really well. It made me too anxious. It was just easier to not have eggs in the house. However, I did eat them around dd in a restaurant when there were no dishes to wash. She had her anaphylactic reaction at age 2 1/2 and outgrew at age 9.

Posted on: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 5:06am
Momcat's picture
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

We have gone egg-free because I am paranoid about x-contam and because we want to be able to share family meals at home.
Now that I have a repetoire of egg-free recipes, being egg-free is not that hard.
We like Vegenaise for a mayo substitute and I use xanthan gum and Ener-G egg replacer for baking.
I have posted several of my egg-free recipes in the recipe section. Cookies, brownies, muffins, corn muffins, cake, pancakes, even pumpkin pie. It can be done without much deprivation [img][/img]
Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 4 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

Posted on: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 6:45am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Did the allergist talk to you about the test could be a false positive? Did he take blood for Cap Rast? My son never had any reaction to egg before testing for egg but he was a 4+ with satellites. I think that is the wording. So we definetly kept him away from eggs.
We chose not to have eggs in the house, but we did have mayo and ranch dressing. I
was so paranoid that I would get egg somewhere or it would get on his food in the fridge. That being said it is all in your comfort zone. I think lots of people have eggs in their home whose children are allergic.

Posted on: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 6:56am
dulcinea's picture
Joined: 08/11/2006 - 09:00

When I first fed him scrambled eggs at age 1, my son vomited. After that I simply did not feed him eggs. I offered baked goods to him, but he always refused them. At age 2, after developing hives and swollen lips upon trying peanut butter for the first time, we had him tested. He turned out to be severely allergic to both peanuts and eggs. (I don't know the numbers, allergist just said Level V for both).
We do have eggs in the house. I am just careful to wash hands and utensils after cooking with them. We do NOT keep peanut butter or peanuts in the house.
DS - age 4 - allergic to peanuts and eggs
DS - age 2 - no known allergies

Posted on: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 7:22am
HaroldsMom's picture
Joined: 11/15/2005 - 09:00

My DS is allergic to eggs also and my family and I would cook them and eat them until I realized his excema always seemed worse after.. Seems just cooking the eggs was to much for him. His numbers were low to the egg but everyone is so different.
We are 100% egg free now.. It was hard to change old habits but so worth the change [img][/img]
I would just suggest watching your son really well while you are using eggs and see if you notice any thing at all..
Could be a cough, a rash, one spot anything. Good luck.
PS.. My mother(whom should know better, but is the worst enemy to his allergies) kissed him about three months ago and he is just now about 100% better. (horrible excema)
[This message has been edited by HaroldsMom (edited February 15, 2007).]

Posted on: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 7:57am
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

This would be a comfort zone issue I agree. My son is also egg allergic, he is a level 2 and has had neck squeezing from tasting cake batter(also he tasted a merange pie and had neck squeezing). He has however eaten the same cake and been fine. Personally I hate the egg allergy worse because there is no exact answer(like with peanuts and nuts).
For us, we do have eggs in the house, my hubby is ont he Atkins diet. He is very careful when he cooks them, throws the shells into a grocery bag and takes them out to the trash. I also have cooked with them, I will make a dessert if it has less then 2 eggs in it, that is my personal comfort-zone cut off. I also do the same when cleaning up.(I crack them right over the grocery bag and then toss them in....) he is never in the kitchen when I am cooking, so I clean up right when finished. This has been fine, his reaction(like I stated above) was when he actually ate the batter, so we are careful now. We do buy goodies made with eggs, I tend to buy the ones where egg is further down the ingredient list. Again, confort zone. I decided this after consulting our allergist on the subgect.
My kids aslo get flu shots.
As for my youngest, her egg allergy is fairly new, so I don't give her anything that contains egg...not until we get a few tests(blood levels) under our belt. Then we will see how she does. She has had stuff prior with no reactions, but I am hoping she'll outgrow it by avoiding it for a bit. (also suggested by allergist)
this is just my opinion, how *we* handle the egg allergy
Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 9:56am
slk70's picture
Joined: 02/03/2007 - 09:00

Thanks everyone for your advice. I will ask his allergist and not cook with eggs. The only time that will really hurt is at Christmas- I do a brunch and always make an egg bake.
Slk70 (Sheryl)
Mommy to Nathan - born 2/28/06 - Peanut/Egg
Aidan (3 yrs) NFA

Posted on: Fri, 02/16/2007 - 12:45pm
Whitney R's picture
Joined: 09/07/2006 - 09:00

My ds has a sever PA (level 6) and EA. However, we do treat the PA different from the EA. I honestly believe that he is just allergic to RAW egg whites. He tested at a level 6 on the whites and a 3 on the yolk. I was told by the allergist that the protein changes as it is heated, therefore making it completely different from what they tested him for. The allergist said that the oil protein doesn't change under heat like the egg protein.
I have given my son bites of waffle with cooked whites and he has done fine. Yolks I am not worried about. I do stay away from items like Mayo, Tartar sauce, or other items that doesn't have the eggs cooked.
It really is a matter of what your comfort zone is. I know to stay clear of peanuts or anything nut related due to his face swelling up, looking like he has been beeaten to death, not to mention breathing problems and that just was from his second reaction. Let's just say that I do not have comfort zone with peanut oil! Please check with your allergist before trying anything though. That's just what ours said.
Hope this helps!


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