egg allergy

Posted on: Mon, 08/21/2000 - 2:44am
browell's picture
Joined: 04/23/2000 - 09:00

My 9 month old son seems to develop a rash whenever he comes in contact with eggs. Is it possible to outgrow the egg allergy. He has a peanut allergy for sure too. These are the only allergies I am aware of so far. Should I avoid eggs and try them again many years from now.

Posted on: Mon, 08/21/2000 - 4:26am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

According to most doctors, egg yolk is okay to introduce to your child's diet at 9 months, but egg white is protein-dense and should not be given to any child under 12 months old. Of course, if your child is already reacting to eggs, definitely keep your child away from them at least until you have seen an allergist.

Posted on: Mon, 08/21/2000 - 6:01am
Melinda's picture
Joined: 07/28/2000 - 09:00

My nine month old is PA, EGG, Dairy, Soy, & Wheat allergic. My son's allergist said that avoidance is best. Particularly because it is too difficult to separate out egg yolk from the whites (which is the part most are allergic to). I was told that my son had a change of out growing egg, dairy, soy and wheat allergies - with a slight possibility of peanut. If you are certain that he is allergic to eggs - I would stay away from it. A company by the name of Ener-G make an egg substitute that you can find in most egg stores. Also it is recommended that a child with egg allergy not be in the same room as eggs being fried - boiled isn't a problem. When eggs are fried the allergen becomes airborne. (From the Complete Allergy Book, which I have found to be a nice resource.) If you use keyword "egg allergy" a few sites pop up with egg substitutes. If you can't find and are interested I can add to your thread - let me know. Melinda

Posted on: Mon, 08/21/2000 - 1:52pm
mouse's picture
Joined: 07/21/2000 - 09:00

My son was allergic to milk, eggs, soy. He outgrew the soy and egg allergy by age 4 and the milk allergy by age 5. Everything that I have read or heard indictates that it is not only possible, but very probable that all food allergies except for peanuts, tree nuts, and seafood, will be outgrown. The age at which this happens varies from person to person. There are, of course, those who will remain allergic to foods other than peanuts, tree nuts, and seafood into their adult years.

Posted on: Mon, 08/21/2000 - 3:12pm
browell's picture
Joined: 04/23/2000 - 09:00

Mouse - did you completely avoid eggs in your child's diet until the age of four. How is it that you found out at that age.
I have also heard that some people with egg allergies can tolerate baked good with eggs in them, but just can't eat an egg by itself ie. fried, boiled. Does anyone out there know if this is true?
If your child does have an egg allergy, how do you know. Is each child's reaction to egg different. Can you have an anaphylactic reaction from eggs.

Posted on: Mon, 08/21/2000 - 9:53pm
adamsmom's picture
Joined: 02/09/2000 - 09:00

My son is also milk, egg, soy, wheat, peanut, treenut, etc. allergic. When he has ever eaten an egg (scrambled) he breaks out in hives ... small ones ALL over. He does seem to tolerate them if they are in baked goods ... I have asked his allergist if the egg "baked in" could contribute to any skin problems he might have ... and the allergist has said that he can not say that it does or that it doesn't.
How do you outgrow these allergies? Do you have to avoid them for a certain period of time? If anything, my son is more sensitive to these foods than ever before and he is seven.

Posted on: Mon, 08/21/2000 - 10:04pm
morgansmom's picture
Joined: 04/29/2000 - 09:00

My daugher was originally allergic to rice, soy, milk, corn, peas, eggs, peanuts. At 4 she had outgrown rice, soy, corn and peas. I was not as diligent keeping these items out of her diet. These allergies were not as bad as the others like milk and peanuts. I kept re-introducing the peas and corn slowly (months apart) until she could finally tolerate. ...and the soy allergy was a bit worse but I was a terrible label reader and continued to give her soy products unknowingly.
I know people out there believe in strict avoidance but I'm starting to wonder if the right way to go is slow introduction. I would never try this with milk, peanuts and eggs because her reactions are so severe ie. anaphylaxis However, if they ever get better in the future, I may! Well maybe not the peanut! ...and I'm really not recommending anyone to do this, just telling you what happened to me and my thoughts about it.

Posted on: Tue, 08/22/2000 - 1:00am
Christine's picture
Joined: 02/03/1999 - 09:00

My 5 year old, peanut allergic son is also allergic to eggs. We found out about the egg allergy when he was 8 months old and being tested for peanut allergy. He had never eaten eggs at that point so we were shocked. He had eaten some products which contained eggs (egg noodles, mayonnaise) with no noticeable problems. His skin prick test for egg whites was much worse than the peanut result (which was bad enough), egg yolk was also bad. So we strictly avoided it. When he was four years old he had an accidental ingestion of a potato pancake that was made with egg whites. The potato pancake was quite moist and probably barely cooked. His reaction was quite significant although he exhibted no hives nor did he have breathing problems. He just itched his head like crazy, sneezed like crazy, and complained of his mouth and throat burning. It was overwith in 5 minutes, but scary. Since that time I have had to change allergists. This one is a bit more "lenient" regarding the egg allergy. He told me that if my son had previously shown himself to be tolerant of egg-containing products then he may well be able to eat them. Part or all of the protein that he, my son, is allergic to may be the part that is destroyed during long cooking times. We've done a few food challenges and he is absolutely fine with cookies, cakes, meatloaf, egg noodles, muffins, etc. No reaction whatsoever and it has really opened his food choices up. Eggs are in so many things. I swear the egg allergy is harder to manage than peanut. Anyway, it is best to have your child tested to determine if it is egg white or yolk, or both and then proceed to find out how much, if any, your child can tolerate. There are people who do not grow out of it. My cousin's girlfriend found out, at age 25, she had an egg allergy and had been suffering for years. Everytime she would go out to a restaurant she'd be fine, but by the time she had dessert (which was ALWAYS cheesecake) she was sneezing, coughing, and sick for hours afterward. Took her years to figure it all out. I also have another friend who is allergic to eggs but they only cause him problems in the "egg" form--fried, scrambled, etc. Anything else he can tolerate.

Posted on: Tue, 08/22/2000 - 2:26am
JSutter310's picture
Joined: 08/10/2000 - 09:00

I outgrew my egg allergy, but haven't outgrown my peanut allergy. I'm 28.

Posted on: Tue, 08/22/2000 - 1:54pm
mouse's picture
Joined: 07/21/2000 - 09:00

In answer to your questions - I "tried" to avoid all of the allergens as best I could. It probably wasn't 100% avoidance - but I tried. My son underwent food challenges, in a hospital setting, to milk at age 2 and 4. He did not pass either time. He was tested to egg and soy at age 4. He passed on both. He was tested to milk again at age 5 and passed. As far as how he reacted, hives to eggs (at 8 months) and milk (at age 2). He had a non-IGE mediated allergy to soy. He had bloody stools and projectile vomiting as an infant when he drank soy formula.

Posted on: Fri, 08/25/2000 - 6:14am
KPOHAGAN's picture
Joined: 06/24/2000 - 09:00

Dear mouse,
My 5 year old is allergic to milk,egg,peanut,peas,fish,soy.He had a severe anaphalactic reaction to uncooked egg white at the age of 18 months.I strictly avoided all egg containing products very vigilantly.He had egg white in cake icing the other day by complete accident and apart from a sore stomach he has been fine. I gave him a little every day and he has had no symptoms.I hope this means good news for him.


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