Egg allergy is very common. It is estimated that around 2% children are allergic to eggs.
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
This condition gets diagnosed early in childhood because the children start developing pain in abdomen and diarrhea or asthmatic breathing or skin allergy after they consume eggs or any food article that contains eggs like bread, cake, biscuits etc. The common symptoms are:
- 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. Egg allergy tests mainly include skin tests and blood tests.
Egg Allergy Treatment
There are no drugs available to treat allergy to eggs. Desensitization can help a certain people to cure their egg allergy. The god news is that up to 70% children grow out of this allergic reaction to eggs by the time they turn 16.
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 allergic reaction and symptoms after consuming eggs:
Colchicum, Pulsatilla, Ferrum met, Ferrum mur, Sulphur, Calcarea Carb, Androctonus, Calcarea Flour, Chininum Ars, Cocculus Indica, Ledum Pal, Merc Cor, Bryonia, Nux vomica, Natrum mur, Musa and many other medicines aer comonly indicated for symptoms of egg allergy.
Rubrics for Egg Allergy
Generals: Food and Drinks, Egg, agg
Diarrhoea, Eggs, after: Chininum ars, Lycopodium
Nausea, Eggs after: Ferrum-met, Colchicum, Sycococcus
Eructations, eggs after: Citrulus
Coryza, Eggs after: Sycoccocus bacillus
Eruptions, Urticaria, Nettle-rash, eggs after: Astacus, Tela araneae
This list of remedies and symptoms for egg allergy is neither exhaustive, nor complete. Please consult your general physician in person to find out about its symptoms and treatment. For homeopathy treatment of allergies, consult a qualified homeopath/doctor in person.