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Specific Food Allergies > Egg Allergy

Guess it's time for an egg challenge for kid two.

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So I read the ingredients list on a frozen GF pizza three times today.  I'm so exhausted that I missed the egg.  And I was expecting to see it there, because it's gluten-free, so of course it has egg.  (But there are a couple brands that don't . . . )  Anyhow, I missed it, she ate the pizza, then I re-read the ingredients before posting about it on a celiac group (hey, my glutenoid kids love this stuff!) and there it was.

She's totally fine right now.  She'd been eating on it for at least half an hour (two and a half pieces, so a bit more than a quarter of a small pizza) when I took it away.  She's pissed at me because she wants it, but she's three and I'm the mom.  No hives I can see, she's acting normal, no wheezing, no scratching.

Her egg challenge was supposed to happen after she went a year with no reaction.  She reacted via contact very early this year, last winter.

I'm really frustrated with myself, but hey, there's some hope for my kid, right?  *sigh*

It's Aldi's GF pepperoni pizza.  No bottom-of-thel-list contains list, no bolding of ingredients, just all plain text listing.  And I read and re-read religiously.  I just made a mistake.   :banghead:  Really glad she's okay now.  Also glad I'm a night owl.  I'll still be awake in 6-8 hours if she somehow (although it's not likely) has a biphasic reaction.   :disappointed:

((Hugs)) -- it's hard when we miss something.  But not killing your kid in the process is great, and what that may mean in real life is freaking awesome.

k, just now seeing this!

Something to be aware of is that with egg in particular, skin and consumption are so not the same thing allergy-wise.  So it is totally possible for a skin test to remain positive-- maybe even spectacularly so-- way after clinical tolerance, especially to highly heated, diluted (in other ingredients) egg in real-world food.

Contact reactivity to raw or partially raw egg (like mayo, or concentrated sources of egg) may not mean much, apparently.  There is some speculation that all those kids diagnosed via hives after contact with royal icing (#*%^ing gingerbread $*(% houses) might not have EVER been truly egg allergic, much to my surprise.  I read that somewhere pretty reputable-- might have been an op-ed or meeting notes or something from someone... er... pretty big.  Wood?  Sampson?  Lack?  Someone like that.

I can't (unfortunately) come up with a lot of peer reviewed stuff to support any of this with egg, but I have seen it here and there, mostly in articles that are about other stuff.  It's also something that there has been water-cooler talk about at meetings, according to Dr. Awesome.  It's one reason why flu vax and SPT is viewed as a big question mark at this point-- on the one hand, it's not for oral consumption (which is where tolerance seems to happen first) but on the other, SPT seems to indicate allergy more than is actually warranted... and maybe even for injectables.


Glad that she's okay!!  And hey-- don't beat yourself up.  As mac noted, not-killing-your-kid means it was a minor mistake.  The kind of mistake that other parents (without FA kiddos) make without even THINKING about it. 

Gaining something (like, hey-- a FOOD CHALLENGE) from it is more awesome still.  Other parents don't even get anything out of it when they forget to buckle the car seat that one time when nothing bad happens, right?   :heart:

When she reacted badly enough (first time) to go to the ER, she had hives all over, was pulling at her ears/neck, coughing, and was very flushed.  Her BP and oxygen levels also dropped while we were there.  With a positive RAST and the reaction, the allergist said avoid and come back if she went a year with no reactions.

When she reacted via contact to cooked (not baked) egg several months later, my memory says it was non-localized hives and flushing with no pulling at her neck or ears, no coughing, no gagging.  I dosed her with benadryl since it was *just* skin and kept an eye on her.  We live within spitting distance of the ER, so I was comfortable with that (epis at the ready).  It's the non-localized reaction that worries me with that stuff.

But hey, outgrowing it would be awesome.  I'll make an appt with her allergist the next time we visit the pulm.

Yes, it would!!  :crossed:  for you guys-- egg has been so huge.


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