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    Tips to Manage Your Egg Allergy

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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.

    • Egg powder
    • Dried eggs
    • Egg solids

    21 Surprising Items Made With Eggs

    You probably know that lots of baked goods often have eggs in them. Many other items also do, 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?

    The measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine contains eggs. But studies show that it’s safe for people with egg allergies.

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

    If you have a severe allergy to eggs, talk to your doctor first. There is a version of the flu vaccine, called Flublok, that’s made without using eggs. It’s approved for adults 18 to 49 years old.

    Read Labels

    The only way to know for sure if a food has eggs in it is to read the food label and ingredients list carefully, or ask about menu items at restaurants. If you still aren't sure, don’t eat the food.

    Also check labels of cosmetics, shampoos, creams, and lotions. These can sometimes have eggs in them, too.

    Most young children outgrow their egg allergy, but to be sure, ask your child’s doctor.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Stanley M. Fineman, MD, MBA on October 23, 2014
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