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    Eggs are in so many foods. When you’re allergic to them, you need to know what to look for on food labels and what you can use instead when you cook or bake.

    Most people with egg allergies react to the egg whites, not the yolk. To be safe, don’t eat either part. Even if you separate them, the yolk is likely to have some of the white’s proteins in it.

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    Also avoid eggs in other forms, such as:

    • Egg powder
    • Dried eggs
    • Egg solids

    21 Surprising Items Made With Eggs

    You probably know that lots of baked goods have eggs in them. Many other items may also, including:

    1. Breaded and batter-fried foods
    2. Caesar salad dressing
    3. Cream pies, fillings, and puffs
    4. Crepes and waffles
    5. Custards, puddings, and ice cream
    6. Eggnog
    7. Eggrolls
    8. Egg substitutes
    9. Coffee drinks like cappuccino (eggs are sometimes used to help create the foam)
    10. Fizzes
    11. Lollipops and other candies
    12. Marshmallows and marzipan
    13. Mayonnaise
    14. Meatloaf and meatballs
    15. Meringue and frostings
    16. Pastas
    17. Sauces, including Hollandaise and tartar sauce
    18. Simplesse (fat substitute)
    19. Soufflés
    20. Some soups and consommés
    21. Wine (Egg whites may be used in the process of making wine.)

    Eggs by Other Names

    If you see these ingredients on food labels, it means the food may contain egg proteins:

    • Albumin
    • Globulin
    • Lecithin
    • Lysozyme
    • Ovalbumin
    • Ovovitellin

    What About Vaccines?

    If you have an allergy to eggs, talk to your doctor first before getting a vaccination.

    The yellow fever vaccine contains egg protein. The CDC and the World Health Organization say that you should not get this vaccine if you have a severe egg allergy.

    The measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine also may contain a trace amount of eggs. But studies show that it’s safe for people with egg allergies.

    Flu vaccines may also contain some egg protein. Experts have long advised people with allergies to eggs not to get the flu shot. But the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology says the vaccine contains such a low amount of egg protein that it's unlikely to cause an allergic reaction.

    There is a version of the flu vaccine, called Flublok, that’s made without using eggs. It’s approved for adults ages 18 to 49.

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