Eggs are made up of about 60% egg white and 35% egg yolk. The egg white appears to be slightly more allergenic than the egg yolk. Over 50% of the egg white is composed of protein ovalbumin. The rest is made up from ovotransferrin, ovomucoid, ovomucin, and lysozyme. Other minor proteins include ovoflavoprotein, ovodin, ovomacroglobulin and cystine. The major egg white allergens are ovomucoid, with designated allergen name of Gal d 1, and ovabumin, designated allergen name Gal d 2.
The protein found in egg yolk include lipovittelin, phosvitin, egg yolk specific lipoprotein and apovittelin I and IV. It has been proposed that egg allergy in children is caused by egg white proteins and in adults by livetins in the egg yolk.
Both of the major egg white allergen, ovomucoid and ovalbumin are resistant to denaturation and enzymic digestion. But cooked egg appears to be less allergenic than raw egg.
Egg allergies may trigger symptoms quickly, including hives, asthma, watery eyes, swelling, and nausea sea shortly after the egg is consumed. Alternately, a delayed sensitivity with symptoms such as headache, diarrhea, or constipation, can develop hours after the food is consumed.
Egg allergy is significant not only because egg is hidden in many foods, especially cakes, biscuits, pastries, some breads and many sauces, but it is also used in the manufacture of some vaccines.
Egg allergy symptoms
- Runny nose
- Urticaria /hives
- Pain in abdomen
Other allergic symptoms mainly include
- Red, watery, itchy eyes
- Swelling of face, tongue, and lips
- Egg allergy may also cause anaphylaxis in hyper reactions.
Egg allergy diagnosis
Diagnosis mainly include detailed investigations for sign and symptoms, physical examination, history of diet, elimination diet and studying symptoms. Milk allergy tests mainly include skin tests and blood tests.
Homeopathic treatment for egg allergy
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat egg allergy but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat egg allergy that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of egg allergy:
Colchicum, Pulsatilla, Sulphur, Calcaria Carb, Anthracinum, Calcaria Flour, Chininum Ars, Cocculus Indica, Ferrum Met, Ledum Pal, Merc Cor, Bryonia, Carbo Veg and many other medicines.