When you eat eggs….
1) Does anyone in your family get a rash, hives, or swelling?
2) Do you get a headache?
3) Does your nose run, your eyes become itchy?
4) Do you develop a tightness in your throat or chest?
5) Do you experience nausea, cramps or a stomach ache?
These are the immediate symptoms of any food allergy, however, sometimes a food allergy is less obvious, slowly building up in your body’s system. It will show up later as asthma, airborne allergies, eczema, or even reflux. Further, it can create or exaggerate ADHD symptoms. (See references below)
What are the choices you have if you suspect an egg allergy?
While I am not a medical professional, I suggest that if you really believe that you have an egg allergy, you should stop eating eggs. I know that sounds odd to some, but at times, we do not notice that a food is causing us a problem, and continue to eat it, until one day, we experience a strange symptom. And then another, and then another. If the food is something we eat all the time, we may not think we have a choice to stop eating it. Yet, when we do, we wish we had done it sooner…
Truly, removing eggs is the most practical way to find out, but if you desire more information, you can check with your doctor for blood or skin tests. However, do not be surprised if the results are negative, despite all of the practical signs in you or your child’s body. You can still have egg allergies in the digestive tract, that will not be detected by a simple blood or skin test. We know, because this happened to our family with other foods.
The key is how your body feels when you eat eggs. Many have what medical doctors term as food intolerances, which manifest as allergy symptoms; however, there is disagreement as to whether or not it is an allergy. Yet, I know from experience that we need heed the warning signs, before we trust a test.
Always use caution if you believe you are allergic to any food, and omit it from your diet to see if the symptoms go away. Further follow-up with a doctor, who will also increase your knowledge about how eggs affect you. Yet, keep in mind that even the gastroenterologist will tell you some food allergies are simply in the gut. Avoiding them is the best solution.