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Egg White Allergy IgE Blood Test

The egg white allergy blood test measures the amount of allergen-specific IgE antibodies in the blood in order to detect an allergy to egg whites.

Sample Report

Test Code: 602452

Also Known As:

Methodology: Thermo Fisher ImmunoCAP

Preparation: No special preparation required.

Test Results: 3-5 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.


Test Code: 2801

Also Known As:

Methodology: Immunoassay (IA)

Preparation: No special preparation required.

Test Results: 3-5 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

Description

When it comes to eggs, egg whites' proteins are more likely to cause an allergic reaction than those in the yolk, although some individuals may be allergic to both. Items containing eggs should be avoided if an individual has an allergy to egg whites. Additionally, an individual that is not allergic to egg yolks should not eat them because of the possibility of cross-contamination between the two sections of the egg. 

Following is a list of common foods that should be avoided:

  • Breaded foods
  • Cakes
  • Cream-based foods
  • Eggnog
  • Custard
  • Tartar sauce
  • Doughnuts
  • Waffles
  • Egg noodles
  • Pretzels
  • Ice cream
  • Frosting
  • Souffles
  • Pudding

Ingredients to be aware of:

  • Globulin
  • Phosvitin
  • Albumin
  • Livetin
  • Ovomucin

Like every allergy, an egg white allergy causes a reaction in the immune system. When contact is made with the allergen, the body views it as toxic and becomes sensitized, producing IgE antibodies against these contaminants. These antibodies trigger the release of histamines, which will cause the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Symptoms of an allergy typically occur a few minutes to a few hours after exposure. Allergy symptoms vary from one individual to the next ranging from mild to severe reactions. Some commons signs of an allergy can include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Bloating 
  • Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Redness of the skin
  • Facial swelling
  • Stuffy or runny nose

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