The science of allergy testing is a hot topic right now, with the labelling of food proving a particularly contentious issue. The fear of unsuspectingly suffering a reaction and at worst, anaphylactic shock is a very real one and many people are in need of the facts of how to do everything they can to avoid problems of this kind. Food ingredients aren’t the only thing that people aren’t fully informed about either, as vaccines also contain things that you might not be aware of. As a result, we regularly get asked: “Vaccines often contain egg, can they cause an allergic reaction?”
Read on to take a look at the subject in closer detail.
Albumen (The White of the Egg)
Believe it or not, many of the vaccines we give our kids contain egg albumen, so allergy testing for sensitivity to egg in particular is something that parents should definitely consider. Egg allergies are quite common in children, especially under fives and whilst they often grow out of the issue, if the sensitivity is an acute one, it can result in some unpleasant side effects.
In the majority of cases, allergy testing will highlight a mild sensitivity to egg, which when triggered, will result in relatively mild symptoms, including:
● Skin rashes
● Nasal congestion
These symptoms will usually appear within a few minutes of ingesting egg and will require the use of antihistamines to alleviate the issue.
Whilst the percentage of people suffering with a sensitivity to egg that may experience anaphylaxis is quite small, there are still some people who this will apply to. It is this group that is most at risk and for whom allergy testing can be a matter of life or death. If your child is unfortunate enough to be part of this group but you’re not aware of it yet, a trip to the doctors for their vaccinations could potentially put their life at risk - particularly as you’re not yet likely to be in possession of an EpiPen to counteract the reaction.
The symptoms of anaphylaxis include:
● Lightheadedness or dizziness
● Rapid pulse
● Abdominal pain
● Stomach cramps
● Loss of Consciousness
● Difficulty in breathing
Should your child experience any of these symptoms after ingesting egg through vaccines or otherwise, medical attention should be sought as a matter of urgency.
Knowledge is King
Forewarned is forearmed and allergy testing is the way to furnish yourself with all the facts concerning the potential risks associated with vaccinations. For as little as £74.99 a Lifelab Testing allergy test will give you all the information you need to make considered decisions about what’s right for your child. Anaphylaxis, even when not fatal, can still be extremely distressing for the sufferer and it’s far better to find out about sensitivities earlier than later or during an attack.
To order your test or to find out more about all the blood screening services we offer, give us a call now on 01332 32 18 92.
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