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What do you know about egg allergies?
« on: January 18, 2015, 01:46:38 AM »
My situation is strange.  Awhile ago I started getting stomach cramps when I ate eggs, scrambled or fried.  I thought maybe I have developed an egg allergy.  I can eat eggs in mixtures (cakes or recipes), mayonnaise, or salad dressing, but plain eggs seem to be a problem.  Then at work for the Christmas party, someone brought deviled eggs, which I ate, forgetting that I should probably avoid eggs, and there were zero problems.  I ate a few.  I figured all that stomach cramping must have been a fluke and made myself a fried egg sandwich for lunch, which resulted in cramps and a considerable amount of time in the bathroom.  I'm wondering what the heck is going on.  Does cooking an egg a certain way denature the offensive proteins enough or change them in a way to be a problem?  So a boiled or raw egg is okay, but fried, scrambled, or poached is not?

Does anyone know or have experience on this?  I looked online, and do not see anything specific to my own issue.  Maybe not getting sick from the hard-boiled eggs was a fluke.  I'm not eager to run an experiment.   

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Re: What do you know about egg allergies?
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2015, 04:57:39 AM »
It could be the combination of egg and fat together - I've had food sensitivities for a long time, and now have IBS, and I get much worse reactions to certain things if I eat them in the same meal as certain types of fat. Like, mushrooms alone is bad; butter alone is no problem at all; mushrooms plus a lot of butter is baaaaad. Fatty roast beef or lamb is fine; heavily herbed/spiced stuff is usually fine; fatty roast beef or lamb prepared with a heavy herb/spice coating is bad.

Unfortunately the only way to find out for sure is to run a series of experiments on yourself, and keep good records. :P If you decide to go that route, I strongly suggest doing so with the assistance of a dietician - mine identified a bunch of triggers that I'd never even considered as possible problems, because she knew what might be problems and how to test properly.
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Re: What do you know about egg allergies?
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2015, 05:09:56 AM »
I don't know much, just that my breastfed daughter gets really fussy and miserable if I eat anything that contains eggs - sometimes babies aren't able to digest certain things.  If I don't eat eggs she is a perfect baby.    Obviously in her case she is getting something through the milk so I don't think cooking makes a big difference, although baked she gets a smaller quantity (in a slice of cake for example) than if I ate scrambled eggs for lunch.  It's a pain as I always used to eat eggs for breakfast or lunch several days per week! 

But I can't see what the difference would be between boiled/fried etc.   If you find out definitely let us know!    I know that with dairy allergy the cooking method can make a difference - in baked products the protein is somewhat neutralised.   Whereas more direct in milk or similar it can cause problems.   Perhaps there is something similar with eggs.
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Re: What do you know about egg allergies?
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2015, 06:19:31 AM »
i have a slight egg allergy,  as in i can eat them all i like but if a flu shot has egg proteins in it i have the worst reaction; my arm swells and gets so hot to the touch that i could almost fry an egg on it! 
its very odd and kind of annoying as i would get the jab, but as we don't know if i'd react worse than that first time, i can't take that risk.