Question about Egg Allergy

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Hi everyone! I was wondering if there is a message board like this one for egg allergies...I googled but couldn't find anything. If anyone knows of a good place to go for information, let me know...otherwise, I'll put my issue here in the hopes that someone might have some insight.

MY DD is my PA child, but I suspect my 7 year old DS may have an egg allergy, and we are going for his checkup in a couple weeks, and want to go in with information.

He has mild asthma, only flares when he is sick...(like now where he is needing nebs every few hours) He sometimes has unexplained hives, so he does have some allergy component there too. 3 years ago he had a flu shot, and had a pretty significant reaction...his arm swelled up from his elbow to half way across his chest. Drs said it was just a fluke and to give him the flu shot the next year too. Well the next year, I decided not to do it, because his asthma isn't too bad, and thought he really didn't NEED it. Well, he got the flu, and was super sick from it, almost having to be admitted to the hospital for respiratory issues. Sooooo, last year I decided that maybe the doctors were right and I should just give him the shot....well of course he reacted again, same symptoms.

He absolutely HATES eggs....HATES mayonaise...won't touch any food that has even come near either of those items. He does however eat baked goods with no apparent problems. (I've heard that some EA kids CAN eat baked goods but not eat acutal eggs, is this true?)

So, I know the ped. will say to give him the flu shot, and I do think he probably needs it....BUT I don't want to put him through the reaction again. I've already asked and they don't want to give him FluMist, becasue of the asthma, but I have heard that asthmatics with egg allergy can sometimes get FluMist since it's better than getting no vaccine at all.

Does this sound like a probable egg allergy to you? Any thoughts, or information on FluMist in his situation?

Thanks!

On Sep 16, 2007

Here's a good article:

[url="http://pedsinreview.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/27/3/118"]http://pedsinreview.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/27/3/118[/url]

FluMist does contain egg as well, so I'm not sure that's the answer to your problems. DS had flu shots two years in a row and was fine, the third year he had a severe reaction and had chronic hives for a month. He will not be getting any more flu shots until he outgrows the egg allergy. To help protect him from flu, the rest of us in the family get flu shots. That's the best we can do for now.

I think you should definitely get your son tested for egg allergy. It is true that some people with egg allergy can tolerate egg that has reached a certain temperature (such as in baked goods) because the proteins those people are allergic are broken down by heat.

I have not found a specific egg allergy website. There is KidsWithFoodAllergies.org which has many members whose kids have egg allergy. They are a good source of advice and support for recipes and egg substitutes.

There are several other members here whose kids have egg allergy. It seems to be one of the more common allergens for kids.

Cathy

------------------ Mom to 8 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 4 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

On Sep 16, 2007

Have you worked with an allergist instead of the pediatrician on the vaccine? Ours had specific lots of the vaccine that tested low for egg. Sometimes reactions to egg-cultured vaccines are something other than the egg also. So, it's possible you are dealing with and egg allergy and/or another ingredient. If you don't vaccinate, ask your pediatrician if he/she will give you a prescription for anti-viral medication to use if someone in the family gets the flu or if children he is commonly exposed to (i.e. classmates) are passing around the flu at that specific time.

On Sep 17, 2007

My DD is almost 2 and has an egg allergy. We don't give her the flu vax - and last winter she did get the flu. We started her on Tamiflu within the first 48 hours and her flu only lasted a total of 5 days. I would definately not have your child vaccinated again with a history of 2 severe reactions. I think your first step should be to find a pediatric allergist and verify that he does in fact have an egg allergy. From all of the things you describe it sure sounds like it. Good luck [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Sep 17, 2007

I would recommend [url="http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org"]http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org[/url] for additional info about egg allergies.

On Sep 17, 2007

Hi, thanks everyone. No, we haven't been to an allergist with him. I think maybe I will call today to see if I can get him in. It's horrible, but my DD has so many health issues, that I think of DS as my healthy child...I think sometimes I don't take him to the doctor when I should because compared to how sick DD has been, he isn't that bad....does that make sense?

I didn't realize FluMist also contained eggs...geez....

Thanks, I'll check out that other site too.

On Sep 17, 2007

Hi!

Very good chance on the egg allergy suspicion. Our DD is the same way, asthma too. When she used to eat baked goods and pasta her eczema flared more. Now that egg is not present in any form in our home - things are so much better.

When a pediatric allergist finally tested her - surprise to her pediatrician - not me, she was also allergic to eggs. She won't even stay in a room where eggs are cooked. Hasn't ever wanted to and never ate actually egg or egg products although I did offer them to her. As a toddler, she would wander upstairs to her room if we made eggs for breakfast. Kids smartly listen to their bodies.

Our allergist tested a diluted flu vaccine in the office on DD last fall. She reacted so the vaccine was ruled out although she too would benefit from it due to her asthma.

There are lots of threads on this website about egg allergies. Recipes, flu vacines, substitutes etc.... you just need some time to search.

There are plenty of us who have the same issues so don't hesitate to ask questions here.

I have not found an active web site I liked that was strictly egg allergy. There are MFA sites with information that is helpful. People on this site are my favorite resource.

------------------ Keep Smiling DD - allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, and egg

On Sep 17, 2007

My DD also has an egg allergy. We used to "force" her to take just one bite of egg when we would have it and she would spit it out. We would get so angryat the "defiant" behavior! She also never cared much for baked goods like cake and cookies, pancakes, etc. We always said," now what kind of kid won't eat cake or pancakes??" Oh, I guess one allergic to eggs! It all make sense after she was tested!

We also do not give the flu vaccine to her. She reacts quite severly to egg and our pedatitrician and allergist have agreed it's best not to. Of course this year she is in 3 school, so we will see what the recommendation is!

I have found lots of helpful information on this website. More than most others. There are quite a few good egg-free recipes here and also good recomendations for cookbooks with egg-free recipes.

Best of luck! Kara

On Sep 17, 2007

I have 3 egg allergies here. Savannah and Carson have never had reactions, but tested positive in scratch and caprast. My comfort zone with them is based on the reactions of my 6yr old, Jake....he is allergic to egg, found out my testing, but he's also had an anaphylaxic reaction to cake batter and lemon merange pie. I used to let him eat baked goods, I didn't think it was problem, but he also had HORRIBLE eczema that I could just not get control of. After the lemon merange reaction, I took ALL egg(in ANY form) out of his diet and his eczema disappeared...gone....finished! So I also keep it out of the other 2's diets now(even though the allergist said baked goods are probably okay). I did now and then let them enjoy a Krispy Kreme donut though(like 2-3 times a year)...until last week when my 6yr old ate one(like many times before) and got really bad abdominal pain/threw up and diarrhea, 12 hours after he ate one, I gave Benadryl and he was better)....so no more, I told him it was the egg in the donut, just that little bit made him sick. We are EGG-FREE now.

I do however(and have since each child was born) do get flu shots every year and we've never had an issue(knock on wood) to this day....and they've never had the flu either.

------------------ Chanda(mother of 4) Sidney-8 1/2(beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig, hamster & asthma) Jake-6 1/2(peanut, all tree nuts, all seeds(sesame, sunflower, poppy, pine nut) beef, chicken, eggs, coconut, green beans/all beans, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma) Carson-4 (peanut, tree nuts, milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig, hamster, grass, mold, dust mite and EE) Savannah-1 1/2 (milk, beef and egg, dog(avoiding peanuts, tree nuts, strawberries, seeds, legumes and corn)

On Sep 17, 2007

allergy.hyperboards.com. There's a section there specifically for egg allergy.

On Oct 10, 2007

Just an update....Stephen was tested and does indeed have an egg allergy. When I got off the phone with the nurse I broke down in tears....I think it's just the thought that he is my 'healthy' kid...and now we have to send him with epi-pens too.

On Oct 18, 2007

[url="http://www.allergicliving.com/"]http://www.allergicliving.com/[/url] is a very good site that deals with all types of allergies. I think you'll find some very good information here.

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