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Egg Allergy

Egg Allergy

What are Egg Allergies?

Eggs are one of the most common foods that cause allergic reactions in the US.  The best way to treat an egg allergy is to avoid it in the first place.  Individuals with allergic reactions to eggs must be very careful about what they eat, always checking food labels and ingredient lists meticulously.  Since this can be a pain-staking process, our NYC allergy specialists have provided some lists below that can help you identify egg ingredients so that you know what products to avoid.

Egg products that can cause an allergic reaction can be hidden in foods where you might not expect them.  You should be wary of products that list generic ingredients (like "binder," "coagulant," or "emulsifier") because these could be egg products in disguise.  Even pretzels, bagels, and other baked goods can be sources of unexpected egg ingredients - some stores coat these products in egg white to give them a shiny appearance.  Egg-allergic individuals should also avoid eating fried foods that could contain egg in the coating. All these hidden forms of egg can cause allergic reactions. If you have questions about what foods you can safely eat, the allergy doctors at our NYC allergy clinics can be helpful in educating you about potential allergic reactions.

Baked goods like cookies could contain eggEven tiny amounts of egg can cause an allergic reaction, including anaphylaxis (a life-threatening condition).  The most common reactions are the result of someone eating or drinking a food that contains eggs.  However, reactions can also occur after non-oral exposure, including immunization with an egg-containing vaccine.  We recommend consulting our asthma and allergy clinic to help you decide if an immunization is safe for you or your child.

One piece of good news: Egg-allergic individuals are often able to eat chicken, and may be able to tolerate the eggs of other birds (duck eggs, for example).  Consult your NY doctor for more information.

Foods that Contain Egg and Should be Avoided

  • Bearnaise sauce
  • Custard
  • Eggnog
  • Egg white
  • Egg yellow
  • Egg yolk
  • French toast
  • Hollandaise sauce
  • Mayonnaise
  • Meringue
  • Omelette
  • Powdered egg
  • Souffle
  • Whole egg

Foods that Could Contain Egg

  • Sweets
  • Baking mixes
  • Cake flour
  • Candy
  • Cookies
  • Creamy fillings
  • Fondant
  • Ice cream
  • Lemon curd
  • Malted cocoa drinks (like Ovaltine)
  • Marshmallows
  • Pudding
  • Sherbet
  • Truffles
  • Misc.
  • Batter
  • Bouillon
  • Cereal
  • Creamy salad dressings
  • Muffins
  • Noodles (egg noodles, macaroni, spaghetti)
  • Pancakes
  • Processed meat products (i.e. Bologna, Meat loaf, Meatballs, Sausages, etc.)
  • Sauces
  • Soups
  • Tartar sauce
  • Waffles
  • Wine (if cleared with egg white)

Scientific Names of the Compounds Found in Eggs

  • Albumin
  • Globulin
  • Lecithin
  • Livetin
  • Lysozyme (used as a preservative)
  • Ovalbumin
  • Ovamucin
  • Ovamucoid
  • Ovovitellin
  • Vitellin

Summary

If you think you or your child may have an allergy to eggs, the specialists and associates at NYASC would like to help.  For more information, call us today at 212-686-4448.

Our expert allergists can also help you find relief for your asthma, nasal and sinus problems, respiratory allergies, ear, nose, and throat (ENT) symptoms, and skin conditions. NYASC has access to the newest testing & treatments, and we offer convenient clinics throughout the NYC metropolitan area: Murray Hill, Midtown, Upper West Side, Chelsea, and Queens.

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