It is also not that uncommon that some adults develop egg allergy later in their life. Like any other food allergy not everyone react the same way. The signs and symptoms varies from person to person and can be as mild as rashes in the skin, nasal allergies to severe vomiting or other digestive issues.
Egg allergy unlike nut allergy, peanuts in particular, rarely causes anaphylaxis, which is a life-threatening reaction.
What causes egg allergy?
Food allergies are a result of an overreacting immune system. In the case of an egg allergy, certain egg proteins when consumed is identified as harmful by the immune system thereby releasing histamine and other chemicals which causes allergic signs and symptoms.
While both egg yolks and egg whites contain the proteins that can cause allergies, allergy to egg whites is the most common.
Signs and Symptoms of Egg Allergy
Now that you are aware of what egg allergy is, what causes an egg allergy and what are the signs and symptoms, it’s important to look out for the presence of eggs and its by products that may possibly create an allergic reaction when consumed.
Other Egg Names
Egg comes masked under different names in commercially processed food. It’s not always directly labelled as eggs. There are so many other terms used to denote eggs while labelling and the onus lies on the consumer to be diligent about it if you know that you are allergic to eggs and want to avoid getting in contact with eggs or any by products thereof.
Sometimes it’s not just egg allergies, many people do not consume anything with eggs due to religious beliefs. They should also look out for this information while going through a product label.
To enable the same we have come up with an extensive list of some common and scientific names which indicate the presence of eggs or its by products in the processed food.
If you have an egg allergy take a print out of this list and keep it in your wallet or take a photo in your mobile so that you will have it handy while you shop. If you know someone who has an egg allergy please share this post and create awareness.
- Cholesterol free egg substitute (e.g. Eggbeaters®)
- Dried egg solids, dried egg
- Egg, egg white, egg yolk
- Egg Powder
- Egg Solids
- Egg wash
- E-161b (lutein, yellow pigment)
- Fat substitutes
- Lecithin other than that of soy
- Meringue, meringue powder
- Powdered eggs
- Punch Egg
- Silici albuminate
- Simplesse® (used as a fat substitute and made with egg or milk)
- Whole egg
The clear and egg shells can be used as clarifier substances in soups, consumers, broths, sopitas and cafes, including some wines. Should be cautious if they consume these products.
Let us know if you know any other names denoting eggs.