Eggs

Causes and Symptoms

Published on Saturday, 23 June 2012 16:43

Causes

Egg allergy is a hypersensitivity to proteins in eggs or egg products.

The immune system sees these proteins as a “threat”, and releases antibodies that will diffuse the protein. The antibodies, called immunoglobulin E (IgE), release histamine and other chemicals to fight that protein. These chemicals cause the allergic symptoms.

 

Symptoms 

  • Wheezing, difficulty breathing
  • Runny nose, congestion
  • Hives
  • Swelling of the lips, eyes, face, tongue and/or throat
  • Mouth tingles or is itchy
  • Skin rash (note: eczema is a common skin condition often associated with food allergies, see your doctor for proper diagnosis)
  • Diarrhea
  • Loose stools
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness
  • Cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Coughing
  • Asthma
  • Anaphylaxis (can occur in some severe cases) Anaphylaxis is when the throat swells making breathing difficult because the airways constrict.  Other symptoms may include a rapid pulse, dizziness, shock, and lightheadedness.  This is life threatening and needs to be treated immediately by a clinician.