Egg Allergy

Egg allergies are scary to me. My chiropractors grandson has an egg allergy, and went into anaphylactic shock, lips turning black, and stopped breathing after eating scrambled eggs at about 2 years old.  So when Jacob was having his 1st allergy scratch test done, they also tested him for eggs. The largest welt on his back was the egg reaction. ~Boy was I ever glad I had, at the last moment, changed my mind from making french toast the night before for supper!

My youngest son had to have major surgery in March 2011. The day after surgery, his breakfast tray came, and the kitchen had provided gluten free-wheat free bread. [this was before the RAST test results!]~ and since his allergies were right on his chart,  I ASSUMED it was free of other allergens.  He ate maybe two small bites, and about 10 minutes later was wheezing and gasping and sounding very hoarse. At first I thought it was a complication from being intubated during surgery, but suddenly realized it was allergies when I noticed that the few bread crumbs that had landed on his bare chest, were now sitting on reddening welts.  Jacob needed and got an EPI-PEN injection in his leg. Instead of being mad at anyone for this happening, I look at it as a mixed blessing. My son had an anaphylactic reaction to eggs and I was able to recognize it, I knew what had to be done, and I remained calm through it!

FYI!! Propofol anesthesia has been linked to reactions for people with egg and soy allergies!! If you or your child is having any kind of surgery- BE SURE TO MENTION THIS! Our hospital stashed some of the old formulated propofol to use for patients with egg allergies- but even that will expire and who knows how long their supply will last- But ask- your hospital may also have some for use! Plus it is important to keep this on their radar in case of any type of reaction during a procedure. [ Full article here]

Some things you will now have to avoid with an egg allergy:  Baked goods, most pastas, bakery items, donuts, meringues, some frostings and marshmellows, pumpkin pie [many use eggs!], mayonnaise! Here are two links to the FAAN website with some more detailed information on egg allergies.

When baking, eggs can easily be substituted, however bear in mind that the substitutes don’t work well if you are doubling a recipe say for cookies.

For each egg, substitute one of the following in recipes. These substitutes work well when baking from scratch and substituting 1 to 3 eggs.

  • 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 T. liquid, 1 T. vinegar
  • 1 tsp. yeast dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 T. water, 1 1/2 T. oil, 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 packet gelatin, 2 T. warm water. Do not mix until ready to use.
  • 1/4 cup applesauce= 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. baking soda + 1 tsp. cider[or white]  vinegar=1 egg
  • 1/2 mashed banana = 1 egg
  • 1 tbsn flaxseed meal [store in freezer so does not turn rancid!] + 3 tbsn warm water
  • 4.5-50z prune puree [babyfood jar]
  • Ener-G brand EGG REPLACER sold in most grocery stores and Whole Foods, it comes in a box, powder form, and you mix it according to the label instructions.