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Egg Allergy Basics
Posted By Alison On Mar 27, 2007 @ In | Comments Disabled
An egg allergy is an immune reaction to egg proteins. Eggs contain many proteins that can be allergenic. It is a common allergy in children and can cause an anaphylactic reaction. Some people may be allergic to only the egg yolk or only the egg whites, but if the allergy is severe, the entire egg must be avoided because of the risk of contamination from one part of the egg to the other.
Symptoms of egg allergy:
The symptoms of egg allergy can be divided into 3 categories:
Anaphylaxis is most severe allergic reaction, involving every above organ system. It can lead to anaphylactic shock and death.
The egg-free diet:
Following an egg-free diet requires the elimination of the following types of foods and non-foods:
Eggs provide vitamin B12, phosphorus, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, zinc, folate, vitamin A, and vitamin D. Other good sources of these nutrients are: meat, poultry, fish, legumes, whole grains and vegetables.
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