Ingredients to Avoid for Egg Allergy
Egg proteins are certainly present in egg whites and egg yolks, but they are often found in other ingredients as well. Thoroughly reading food labels is crucial for anyone with an egg allergy, as even egg-white substitutes may contain egg proteins. If you have an egg allergy, an allergic reaction may be triggered by the following ingredients:
- Silici albuminate
Some people with an egg allergy may find that certain forms of egg can safely be eaten. For example, some patients may be able to consume baked, powdered egg, or foods that list egg as a minor ingredient. However, it is crucial to have this verified by a skilled clinician.
Foods That Commonly Contain Egg
Egg proteins are hidden in many foods that may not appear to contain egg. Some examples of common foods that include egg:
- Mayonnaise-based salad dressing
- French toast
- Meringue cookies
- Ice cream and gelato
- Meatballs and meatloaf
- Foods that require an egg wash
- Breading on poultry or processed meat
Egg Allergy Treatment Options
At Latitude Food Allergy Care, we provide oral immunotherapy (OIT) to help patients improve their quality of life. OIT is approximately 85 percent effective for single or multiple food allergies and is safe for all ages. In a recent study, OIT at low, recurring doses has been shown to be effective when treating persistent egg allergy.
The goal of oral immunotherapy is to continually expose the patient to increasing amounts of an allergen. As OIT progresses, the body is gradually desensitized and learns to adapt to the allergen. This allows for fewer dietary restrictions, and protects against severe or life-threatening reactions due to accidental exposure.
To determine whether a patient may be a candidate for OIT, our expert clinical team will evaluate existing conditions, collect full medical history, and discuss lifestyle. If clinically relevant, we may recommend combining oral immunotherapy with Xolair, an anti-IgE monoclonal antibody that inhibits allergic reactions.
Recent research into egg allergy treatment shows promising advancements. Future therapies for egg allergy treatment may include: sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT), in which an allergen is held under the tongue for small periods of time, and epicutaneous immunotherapy (EPIT), in which the patient wears a patch to allow minute amounts of an allergen to penetrate the skin.