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egg white allergy and mmr

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dash08 Fri 01-Aug-08 11:06:04

Hi there, I've just joined this site and hoped someone might be able to advise me. My DD is 11mths and just had an allergy blood test as she got sick and had a nettle rash on her face when I gave her eggs. The test came back she is allergic to egg white and dust mites, everything else negative. My doctor says he can't give her the mmr now until she has seen a specialist. Unfortunately that could be a year or more unless I go private which I can't afford. I'm just worried about putting off the vaccination and just wondering if this is normal procedure in the UK. I'm from UK but DD was born in Southern Ireland and that's where she gets her vaccinations etc.

Also I think I remember reading somewhere that an allergy blood test will not come back positive for something if you haven't yet been exposed to it. So could DD still be allergic to peanuts as I she has never had them before? I can't find where I read that, and think maybe I imagined it. Does anyone know about this? Doctor is not helpful, doesn't explain anything to me. Thanks for your help!

rebelmum1 Fri 01-Aug-08 11:12:17

Sounds like there might be egg in the MMR vaccine, strange I know sounds more like an omlette. Your doctor is being cautious I would be grateful if I were you that this caution is being exercised.

kennythekangaroo Fri 01-Aug-08 11:14:21

The only way my dcs have been offered the MMR is if they have it in hospital due to their egg allergies.

rebelmum1 Fri 01-Aug-08 11:15:51

here information on contents and potential risks, I think your GP is being very wise.

rebelmum1 Fri 01-Aug-08 11:17:04

I don't think waiting a few months will make much difference.

Cammelia Fri 01-Aug-08 11:18:20

dash08 my dd had similar reaction to egg at a similar age. My GP refused to give her the MMR and said if I wanted her to have it she would have to go to hospital in case she reacted, but he advised against her having it at all.

I decided against her having the MMR or any of those jabs singly. She is now 11 years old and I will most likely get her the Rubella jab in the next couple of years.

She has had all the other childhood jabs.

dash08 Fri 01-Aug-08 11:46:47

yes I guess it is good really that my doctor is being cautious, it just annoyed me that he told me he wasn't doing it, without really explaining to me the reasons. I guess it's not that bad to have to wait a year but she will probably be starting at creche soon and I worry that she will be more likely to catch measles etc when she's there. I think since the MMR-autism scare, the goverment has put out alot more info about the risks of not having the MMR and I just don't know how much of this to believe. I guess I worry a bit too much when it comes to DD but I just can't help it.
Cammelia, did your DD grow out of her allergy?

Cammelia Fri 01-Aug-08 11:53:17

I still tend to avoid "neat" egg as she can get a little excema (on inside of elbows, and back of knees)but she can eat everything like cakes or puddings or biscuits containing egg without ill effect

dash08 Fri 01-Aug-08 12:06:11

Thats good to hear. I was thinking when I found out that it would be a shame that she wouldn't be able have a birthday cake like the rest of her friends, but I believe that a lot of baby egg allergy sufferers do outgrow it eventually so fingers crossed that happens to her too.

ConstanceWearing Fri 01-Aug-08 12:10:01

My nephew got this. Havent read whole post, just dashing out.

But MMR vaccine 'grown' on eggs or something and DN developed eczema from jab. He had to avoid eggs for a few years, but allergies / eczema gone now. (went about age 2).

HTH, sorry if repeating.

rebelmum1 Fri 01-Aug-08 13:41:51

the gov have definitely over egged the statistics. People do die of allergies, mine is lethal, my lungs and throat swell up, it starts with a nettle rash. You don't want to inflict a life time of allergies on your child either.

rebelmum1 Fri 01-Aug-08 13:53:13

oh gawd pardon the pun!!

FeelingLucky Fri 01-Aug-08 14:04:05

oh dear, my DD (14 months) came out in hives when I gave her egg white, so we avoided for a while but she seems okay with cakes, etc.
Thing is, she's due for MMR and now I don;t know what to do. How do I get her to have an allergy test?
Also, have noticed that the last two times she's had a jab she developed a dry patch on her leg. Goes away eventually but wondered if related.

Anyway, sorry for mini hijack (though it is kind of relevant), but wanted to throw into pot and see if anyone has any thoughts on it.

rebelmum1 Fri 01-Aug-08 15:42:59

could be a reaction to something in the vaccine like formaldehyde

Friendlypizzaeater Sat 02-Aug-08 09:47:34

I didn't think the MMR had any egg white problems now. My LO is 6 and the first MMR he had at the hospital (he is allergic to egg white/shellfish) and proceeded to throw up all over the doctor but for his booster they told me it was now OK (he was 4)and he was fine at the surgery.

twentypence Sat 02-Aug-08 09:51:44

MMR is given later in some countries anyway so I wouldn't worry.

Ds could have had his MMR in hospital in case of a reaction. They were also concerned he would be allergic to the antibiotic in the vaccine.

He is 5.5 and remains unvaccinated, although he had all the other vaccines at the Doctors.

She can have birthday cake - there are loads of good egg free and vegan recipes. If you keep some in the freezer cut in slices you can take it to other children's parties.

suiledonn Sun 03-Aug-08 15:03:11

Hi dash, I am also in the south of Ireland. My dd has an egg allergy, confirmed by blood tests and skin prick tests. The consultant we saw said we could have the MMR done in hospital if we wanted. I put it off for a few months and did some research and spoke to our GP. In the end we decided to have it done in the GP's surgery and dd was fine afterwards. I have added a link below that I found on the health board site. Look at page 7.

www.sehb.ie/search/publications/mmr/mmr_q8.pdf

In relation to your questions about allergies our dd was 14 months when we had the tests done after she reacted to egg. It was the only allergy that showed up at the time but she has quite bad eczema and we are going to have her re-tested soon as she hadn't been exposed to nuts etc the last time.

Sunflower100 Thu 07-Aug-08 08:50:49

Finding this very interesting as my dd is allergic to egg and we were told that she would be fine to have her MMR in the GP surgery but as extra precaution she should have it in hospital. On seeing the consultant at hospital he said that children with egg allergies were no more likely to react to the vaccine than those without!! We took the decision to delay and have her jabs done singly- she is due measles in September BUT I do have a real anxiety that she will develop measles while we dithered about what to do so I understand that concern of yours. And I have a concern about her having a reaction at the private practice we are going to and not being in the hosptial...
I think its a question of weighing up all the risks of each course of action. Richard Halvorsen's book is very good.
My GP was very dismissive of any concerns and just advised MMR so I think you are lucky to have a doctor who is a bit more broadminded.

Katisha Thu 07-Aug-08 09:00:51

My sons are allergic to egg, and still are at 8 and 6. We had the single jabs at a private hospital with a nurse standing by with an epipen or some such. Actually they were fine and didn't react, but it was reassuring that if they had reacted then help would have been on hand immediately.

Also they were about 2 years old when we did it.

desperatehousewifetoo Thu 07-Aug-08 11:45:24

My ds has an egg allergy (among others) and epi-pen. He is not able to anything containing egg. Our gp also said there would be no problem for him to have his mmr jab and it was done at the surgery. No reactions apart from temp 10days later - which I think is completely normal.

Ds is nearly 7yrs and his egg allergy is reducing when tested, although not yet able to be challenged. We have fingers crossed that he will outgrow it.

Do a search for vegan chocolate cake. It's yummy. Although, have to say, my ds does not really miss birthday cake as he has never really had cake. Last year he had chocolate crispies as his birthday cake.

barmymamma Thu 07-Aug-08 14:37:29

sunflower.... would having single jabs not just increase the risk of a reaction?at least with mmr its only one jab, so one episode of being exposed to the egg?[risk of reacting to egg is very, very small though].also you must check that the single jabs not got murcury in them.although DOH say they no longer use murcury to preseve imms,i been told they are using up the old stocks they got before using new one!!
its a bloody nightmare trying to keep informed and do the best for our children. sure your dd will be fine what ever you decide. good luck

Gill79 Fri 08-Aug-08 15:24:01

I didn't have the measles jab as child due to egg allergy however subsequently been told that the amount of egg in it minimal - the doc said it is developed on chicken foetuses so it is the egg matter inside the foetus... so tiny. But that doesn't mean I won't worry when it comes to giving DS his MMR next year....

mrz Fri 08-Aug-08 15:38:29

Depending on the severity of the reaction to egg white it is possible to have a skin test using the actual vaccine before making a decision.

alibobins Fri 08-Aug-08 15:54:17

Ds is due his mmr booster and this has got to be done in hospital as GP won't do it.
He had his first mmr in hospital he had a swelling at the site of injection and was sick but that could be the injection in general not the egg iyswim.
Ds is severly allergic to eggsad

wedgeitt Tue 09-Sep-08 22:34:30

My DS had his mmr at hospital because of egg allergy, but while he was having it done the doctor said that the vaccine is no longer made using eggs so he could've had it done at doctors after all! He was recently given a kiss on the cheek by someone who had been eating icecream and that was enough to make him break out in hives! Paranoid every time someone eats anything near him now!

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