Causes and SymptomsPublished on Saturday, 23 June 2012 16:43
- Category: Eggs
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.
- Wheezing, difficulty breathing
- Runny nose, congestion
- 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)
- Loose stools
- Dizziness, lightheadedness
- 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.