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Suspected egg allergy how can we check

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Liveinthepresent Fri 13-Sep-13 23:14:34

dd is now 2.5.
She has mild excema and skin flare ups -( DH family very atopic) probably food triggers but GP told me not to bother trying to identify causes as there could be many and may not eliminate the excema anyway.

During weaning she vomited after eating whole egg twice - so we haven't given it to her again. We have not avoided any foods containing egg and there have been no further issues that we can directly link to egg.

I know egg allergy is common and often outgrown but am not sure how we proceed. Try again - give a small amount and see what happens? Get tested ?

All advice welcome.

enormouse Fri 13-Sep-13 23:25:23

I've had an egg allergy since I was small and carry an epi pen. I would go to your gp and ask for a referral to an immunologist. They can help you find out if there is an allergy and which proteins in egg she's allergic to (if she is).

Liveinthepresent Sun 15-Sep-13 10:14:18

Thanks for the reply - I had sort of assumed from previous mentions at the GP / when having jabs that her reaction wouldn't be taken particularly seriously. Hope I didn't sound too naive thinking I should just re introduce it a third time ..

enormouse Sun 15-Sep-13 12:57:48

I'd introduce it in a controlled way. Which is what the immunologist would probably do - give increasing amounts of egg in a controlled medical environment whilst observing any reaction.
With my DS because there's atopic history on my side (excema, egg allergy) we avoided egg for the first year or so. And then gave him small amounts of egg, croissants or pastries glazed with it, things with dried egg products in them, cakes and puddings etc. He still hasn't had boiled, scrambled or fried eggs alone but that's next on the list but it's looking positive so far.

Liveinthepresent Sun 15-Sep-13 18:02:23

Thanks enormouse that is also useful - she eats foods containing egg with no obvious problems. I like the idea of glazing might brave it.

DSJamesHathaway Sun 15-Sep-13 18:43:00

We were told put it on the skin first. If there's no reaction after 10 mins then put a little on the lip. If there's no reaction after 10 mins then put a little on the tongue (so they swallow). Keep going with increasing amounts. Apparently eating egg in baked foods and eating say a boiled egg is different and it's the white of the egg that causes a reaction.

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