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According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, approximately 1 in 20 children will be diagnosed with an egg allergy. It is the second most common allergy in children, second only to milk allergies. The good news is that many children eventually outgrow egg allergies. The bad news is that, though rare, reactions due to this allergy can be life-threatening. That’s why it’s important to know how to treat these reactions and, more importantly, prevent them from occurring.

 

There is no cure for egg allergies, only treatments for symptoms and reactions, so the number one piece of advice given to its sufferers is to avoid all eggs and egg products. It may sound simple, but avoiding egg products can be tricky. Eggs are hard to avoid because they are a hidden ingredient in many foods, including some salad dressings, candies, marshmallows, meatballs, and even some wines. Always read ingredient labels, and, when dining out, be sure to inform your server that you have an egg allergy. Some vaccines may also contain egg proteins, but in such a small dose that it is unlikely to cause a problem for most people with egg allergies. Just be sure to let your health care provider know that you have an egg allergy before getting any vaccine.

If you are allergic to eggs and you’ve been exposed, the best treatment for a mild reaction is an antihistamine, which can be purchased over the counter or prescribed by a doctor. These drugs will not prevent allergic reactions, but they can stop a mild reaction that is in progress. They are also not effective for treating severe reactions, such as anaphylaxis. Make sure you get the proper dosage for your weight and age from your doctor before taking these medications, and always contact emergency services in cases of severe allergic reactions.

If your egg allergy is severe, it is recommended that you always carry an emergency epinephrine auto-injector with you. Epinephrine, the medication in these injectors, can be used to stop the most severe allergic reactions. Be sure that you know the proper way to use an auto-injector as your life may depend on it during a severe reaction. You will also need to seek medical attention after using this device so that you can be monitored for further symptoms. If your child has an egg allergy, you will need to make sure that his or her school or day-care has access to the auto-injector and that more than one adult is trained in its use. Teach your child how to use the device as soon as they are old enough to do so. It is also important to be aware that the medication in these auto-injectors has an expiration date, so you must remember to replace it before it expires.

Though you can’t be cured, you can prevent and treat the symptoms of an egg allergy with a little vigilance and the right medication. Always discuss your symptoms with your doctor, and together you can work out an egg allergy treatment plan that’s right for you.

 

 

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