Egg allergy is one of the most common food allergies in childhood, affecting about 9.5 percent of infants aged 12 months. By four years of age only 1.2 percent of children still have an egg allergy1. Most children, even those who have had severe reactions, eventually outgrow their egg allergy although some may not outgrow it until their teen years. A very small number of adults have egg allergy for life.
Some people with egg allergy can have egg that is baked or cooked in muffins, cakes or biscuits. Seek advice from your clinical immunology/allergy specialist about whether baked or cooked egg may be suitable for you.
Two new printable/downloadable versions of food allergen cards are available:
Egg allergen card215.53 KB (A4 sized - perfect for downloading and viewing on your device)
Egg allergen card109.40 KB (print then trim to wallet size - perfect for when shopping or eating out)
You can also purchase printed food allergen cards from our online shop.
To make eating out a little easier, A&AA has developed a chef card. You can write or print your allergens on the card. When telling the wait staff at a cafe or restaurant about your allergies, hand over your chef card and ask it to come back with your specially prepared meal. You can also obtain chef cards from our online shop.
Managing Egg Allergy 2020
For easy access to the questions that followed this webinar go here.
More information on egg allergy is available from the ASCIA website.
1. Peters RL, Koplin JJ, Gurrin LC, Dharmage SC, Wake M, Ponsonby AL, Tang MLK, Lowe AJ, Matheson M, Dwyer T, Allen KJ; HealthNuts Study. The prevalence of food allergy and other allergic diseases in early childhood in a population-based study: HealthNuts age 4-year follow-up. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2017 Jul;140(1):145-153.e8. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2017.02.019. Epub 2017 May 14. PMID: 28514997.
Content updated September 2023