You Might Be Allergic To Eggs If This Happens To You

Eggs are a common staple in many households. They're a versatile food that is used in baking and breakfast favorites. As frequently used as they are, you might not realize that they could be the culprit for an allergic reaction. According to Mayo Clinic, this unsuspecting food is one of the most common food allergies for children. The signs of this possible allergy may go unnoticed, as they can be mild. So be on the lookout for these symptoms in you and your children if you have recently devoured omelets at breakfast. 

An egg sensitivity may be most common among children, but as Healthline states, an intolerance towards eggs can suddenly occur at any age and last for years. There are a slew of clues the body gives for an egg allergy, though the most common are reported to be digestive issues. So be aware of extra bloating or diarrhea after consuming an egg sandwich or a mini quiche.

An allergist can help you find out if eggs are a friend or foe

Besides the uncomfortable digestive disruptions, Mayo Clinic says that other common allergic reactions to eggs include hives, nasal blockage, vomiting, or skin rashes. These symptoms can range from mild to more severe, and happen generally between a few minutes to a few hours post-egg ingestion. Though it's not usual, Healthline shares that there are cases of severe allergic reactions to eggs that cause people with the allergy to stop breathing and lose consciousness.

If you suspect you or your child is allergic to eggs, then it's time to make an appointment with an allergist. As the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology claims, an allergist can find out if you are allergic to eggs with a simple skin-prick test or a blood test. If the results are inconclusive, then you may be asked to eat a very small amount of egg under their supervision to monitor for reactions.

Unfortunately, Food Allergy Research & Education states that there is no cure for a food allergy. But egg allergies have been known to resolve themselves, so you can suddenly gain a tolerance for their yolky goodness. Until then, keep the omelet at the other side of the breakfast table and be aware of the signs to an allergic reaction if you unintentionally eat a food item that contains eggs.