From food to non-food products, it is extremely crucial to be on the look out for hidden allergens. Reading food labels and learning about ingredients becomes second nature when living with food allergies. However, even when you are comfortable with a product, it is important still double check the label especially since companies can change the makeup of their products. In addition, the ingredients in many everyday items will amaze you at times. I know that I continue to be surprised by many of the components of common foods and non-food products.
Here is some of the information about EGGS that I have learned throughout the course of this journey so far. (It does NOT include every location of these allergens as we are still learning.)
1) EGG ALLERGY
In the United States, egg is one of the top 8 most common food allergies and second most common allergies among children. Like any allergy, it is important to once again read all labels, checking for any ingredients that may contain eggs. According to the Food Allergen Labeling Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA), companies are required to label their products for the presence of eggs. However, there are some products that are not covered by these FDA allergen labeling laws and therefore, are exempt.
- Foods that are not regulated by the FDA
- Prescription & over-the-counter drugs
- Cosmetics, shampoo, mouthwash, toothpaste, shaving cream
- Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products
- Pet foods and supplies
- Toys and crafts
- And others….
For more information about product labeling, click here.
To read the complete law, click here.
EGG ALLERGY AVOIDANCE LIST & RESOURCE
The following link is an amazing resource for those with an egg allergy. The link contains an egg allergy avoidance list and travel-size cards. It also includes the hidden names for eggs.
This second link contains food avoidance lists for the top 8 allergens.
Eggs and Vaccinations
Some vaccines contain egg protein. Read more about this here. This is why TJ now gets some of his vaccines at his allergist’s office. For example, about a month ago, he received the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) shot by a nurse at this office. While I was so anxious about him having this vaccine and any potential reactions it may cause, he was safely administered it with no reactions, minus a slight eczema flare-up. Unfortunately, we will soon need to schedule to get his flu shot there too since daycare requires it by law. Since the egg-free version Flublok is only FDA approved for people 18 years of age or older, this is not an option.
Eggs in my Wine?!?!?
Here is an example of just how important it is to read every single label.
Last May, I was on the elimination diet of all of TJ’s allergies in order to continue breastfeeding. One Friday night as I waited for my husband to get home from picking up food, I poured some wine. Just when I was about to have a sip, I noticed its label…
“This wine was produced with the aid of egg fining, and traces may remain.”
This just goes to show everyone who is dealing with food allergies to read every single label even when it seems irrational to do so!
Since we want to educate others on the world of food allergies and believe sharing is caring, we continue to smile on…
Disclaimer: This blog is a personal blog and used as a way of sharing and connecting with other readers. The posts, articles, and stories shared on the site are meant as a source of encouragement. In this challenging world of food allergies, I have found reaching out to other parents and people in my shoes to be extremely resourceful and inspiring. Therefore, I want to give back and do the same. The information on my blog is not intended as medical advice so as always, please consult with your doctor.