need help with egg challenge...

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hoping some of you may have come across this situation with food challenges of non-peanut foods... my dd tested borderline on skin tests two years in a row. this past year no skin tests just RAST. significant peanut and dairy allergy but zero on eggs, so the dr. said to do egg challenge at home. the first month went smoothly but around the time we took her off elidel, her eczema flared badly (after an egg consumption as well). don't know if it was going off elidel, or the eggs. so we waited a few weeks and are now trying eggs again. first consumption went well. so the dr. said 48 hours later feed her eggs again, if no reaction, she would feel comfortable that we are in the clear... however today (48 hours later), dd refuses to eat the scrambled eggs she used to LOVE. just a toddler being finicky? or an aversion to the potential allergen? UGH! either way...how am i suppose to challenge her if she won't eat the food?!!? french toast, baked goods, etc. don't have enough egg in them for a challenge. ANY suggestions, advice? thanks. lori

On Mar 16, 2005

Hi, What about mini quiche or eggs prepared differently from scrambled, maybe hard boiled or just the whites scrambled. She may not recognize them if they aren't yellow or maybe a merangue (sp???). The allergic protein is in the whites, i believe.

On Mar 16, 2005

What about mayo? Or, can you put ketchup on them? Make a egg sandwich?

I'm thinking the same things going to happen with my ds when the time comes. But, I'm surprised they want you to do this at home. My allergist said we would do it in the office.

------------------ Mom to: Sean 3yrs PA & EA Brian 1yr MA

On Mar 16, 2005

well, they were comfortable with me doing this at home because her level came in completely undetectable and seeing that she has eczema, the skin tests were probably skewed. if her level had been elevated at all, they would have done the challenge at the hospital. do you think mayo has enough egg in it to be significant? thanks.

On Mar 16, 2005

custard/flan meringue

On Mar 16, 2005

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Originally posted by shoshana18: [b] do you think mayo has enough egg in it to be significant? thanks.[/b]

I would think so. I looked at our jar and it says 'whole eggs and egg yolk.' I know you're looking for egg white, but I would think that would cause a reaction if you were truly allergic, don't you?

On Mar 16, 2005

The yolk has allergenic proteins in it also.

I doubt she would eat more mayonaise than egg cooked into something like homemade french toast soaked in egg batter.

Think about it. How many tablespoons of straight mayo would she have to eat. Yuck.

On Mar 16, 2005

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Originally posted by Scooby: [b]Think about it. How many tablespoons of straight mayo would she have to eat. Yuck.[/b]

Good point, that would be kinda nasty! I guess I was thinking on a sandwich....wouldn't that be enough? My ds' first reaction was to less than a dime size of egg, so I would think if he could eat mayo on a sandwich that would be a good test.

On Mar 16, 2005

We had to do an egg challenge at home for my ds (old allergist). I made him scrambled eggs. He gagged on the first bite, second bite he gagged and vomited. Allergic reaction or dislike? Who knows, but we don't give him eggs, he doesn't want them anyways!

My thinking was to trust in him having such a strong dislike, that it could possibly be him knowing better than us that he shouldn't have them.

On Mar 16, 2005

Mayo has raw egg white, so might be a good test. Raw is more highly allergeninc. But mayo might be hard to take. How about chicken salad, or pasta salad? Also it will likely be cooked or pasteurized a bit if processed vs homemade, but still less cooked than a cooked egg.

becca

On Mar 16, 2005

My dd passed her egg challenge, but decided she didn`t like eggs either (not scrambled, not fried, not egg salad). I give her French toast, where I soak the bread in a ton of egg first. I even pour some of the egg on the bread while it is in the frying pan. She will eat it that way. I can usually get a whole egg into the bread that way.

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On Mar 17, 2005

I was thinking...my son was also allergic to egg whites. If he cracked an egg and touched the whites, he would become very itchy and get a rash. After he outgrew the allergy, he has no problem cracking an egg and touching it. So, maybe just put some on her arm and see what happens.

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