Egg allergy? Find healthy alternatives.
Me: What’s there for breakfast today mom?
Mom: What would you like to have?
Me: How about Omelette? You know I love eggs mom!
Mom: You know eggs give you trouble kiddo. How many times do I have to tell you that you cannot have eggs!
Oh God! How do I make my child understand that eggs are a strict no-no for him as he is having an egg allergy? What can I do about it?
Well, here are a few things that you need to know in case you are dealing with egg allergy.
What exactly is Egg Allergy?
As the term suggests, egg allergy is an allergic reaction post consumption of eggs or egg-containing products.
Eggs are the most common type of food allergies in children. While both yellow and white of egg can lead to an allergic reaction, it is more often the white that leads to allergy symptoms.
Food allergies are caused by over reaction of the immune system to specific ingredients in the food. In case of egg allergy, the immune system reacts to the ‘protein’ assuming it to be a harmful substance for the body, thereby producing histamine and other chemicals responsible for the allergic reaction when the individual comes in contact with eggs.
Egg allergy usually appears at a very early age, with the severest allergic reaction occurring between 6 and 15 months. About 50% of children with an egg allergy outgrow it by age 6. However, few children continue to have egg allergy to their adulthood.
How does egg allergy present?
Food allergies symptoms vary from person to person - the commonest being hives or skin inflammation.
Some individuals may present with nasal congestion, running nose and sneezing.
In some severe cases, asthmatic symptoms may also develop like breathlessness, chest tightness, wheezing, coughing, or shortness of breath.
Gastric symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps are also common in egg allergy.
A severe allergic reaction can lead to anaphylaxis - a life-threatening emergency, so no matter mild or severe if you notice any allergy symptoms, it needs to be brought in the notice of a doctor.
What should I do if I have an Egg allergy?
Food allergies symptoms usually develop within 24-48 hours post consumption of the allergic food.
While with allopathic medications, the allergy though not treated from the root, the symptoms are managed superficially. With homeopathic medications, the egg allergy can be treated effectively and safely.
Allergies treatment in homeopathy try to get to the root cause by analyzing all the aspects associated with the allergy including the genetic predisposition of the individual and helps bring about a permanent solution. If you want to know more about allergy treatment for your specific symptoms, you can get in touch with our expert doctors: https://www.drbatras.com/book-an-appointment
Now, let us take a look at a few of those healthy alternatives that you can try instead of eggs.
· Bananas: A healthier and of course a tasty alternative to eggs could be bananas. This can be used as a substitute for eggs in baking foods. The product turns out be as tasty as the one with egg would.
· Apple Sauce: Apple puree or apple sauce serves as yet another egg substitute. It helps to effectively replace eggs and can be used directly or in bakery products.
· Yogurt or Buttermilk: This serves as yet another healthier and tastier substitute for eggs. It is rich in protein and can be taken instead of eggs, or can be used in baking too.
· Tofu/Soya: Tofu is condensed and solidified soya milk. Enriched with proteins it also serves as a healthier substitute to eggs. Soya can be consumed directly. But, if you have thyroid disease, avoid using soy products.
· Flaxseeds: Flaxseeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fibres and other essential compounds required in the body. Roasted and powdered flaxseeds can be eaten instead of eggs. It can also be used for baking as a substitute for eggs.
So till the time, your little one gets treated for egg allergy, why not give these healthier alternatives a try alongside?