Egg Allergy in Children Could Be Cured… by Eggs

Egg allergies are one of the more common food allergies in children, causing frustration for parents and a lot of missed cupcakes in kids who suffer from the limiting condition.

Egg allergies are just one of a few common food allergies in children, and in recent years schools, camps and daycares have exercised extreme caution in exposing kids to allergens — implementing allergen-free zones in cafeterias and banning classroom birthday parties for fear of an allergic episode in children with the conditions.

But researchers reveal there is hope on the horizon for parents dealing with egg allergy in children, and the hope may lie in the very food the kids are cautioned to avoid — eggs. A study out of the University of Arkansas reveals that a group of 55 children with egg allergies included in the group showed some degree of improvement with their egg allergy when exposed to small amounts of powdered egg in their food over time.

According to the BBC, parents were advised to mix the powdered egg into food served to the children, amounting to about one-third of one egg per day for kids involved in the study.

And promisingly, over time, 75% of the children seemed to move past the allergy after two years of exposure — ultimately proving able to consume about two eggs with no allergy symptoms.

Dr. Wesley Burks of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, one of the study’s researchers, said:

“This study gives us hope that we’re closer to developing a treatment… Almost a third of the children had a permanent change and were no longer egg-allergic.”

About 15% of the children were unable to complete the study, however, mostly due to symptoms of egg allergy that were aggravated by exposure. The egg allergy cure study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.