Eggs are packed full of nutrients and are a great source of protein. However, if your body isn’t tolerating eggs well, then it may be because you have an egg intolerance. If this is the case, you’re going to want to read on because today we’re talking all about egg intolerance. We’ll delve into what an egg intolerance is and what causes it, how you can test for an egg intolerance, and what to do if your results show that you have an egg intolerance.
If you have an egg intolerance, you may experience symptoms within one hour, or up to 72 hours, after eating egg.
Egg intolerance is caused by poor digestion of egg, so the most common symptoms are digestive symptoms. These include:
Egg intolerance can also cause symptoms outside the digestive tract, such as:
How many symptoms you get and how severe they are, depends on your body’s level of tolerance to egg and how much you react to it.
Egg intolerance is different to an egg allergy in several ways:
As you can see, egg intolerance and egg allergy are both a reaction to egg. However, they are very different reactions, with different effects.
The symptoms of an egg allergy include:
If you have symptoms of an egg allergy, you must consult with your doctor and, if needed, get further testing through an allergist. Your doctor may give you an autoinjector if you are at risk of anaphylaxis. If you experience severe anaphylactic symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, go to your nearest emergency department and seek immediate medical attention.
If you think you might have an egg intolerance, then the best thing to do is to test for it. Remember that testing for an egg intolerance is different to testing for an egg allergy. Testing for an egg allergy can involve a blood test or skin prick test. Both of these are used to measure the immune system’s reaction. Testing for egg intolerance can be less uncomfortable and invasive. To test for an intolerance to egg, you can simply order your test HERE. Then send your hair sample, and our lab will process your results within three days of receiving your sample. Once you receive your test results, you will know whether you are intolerant to eggs, as well as over 500 other food and non-food items that are included in your test. This is helpful if your results show that you are intolerant to other foods and items, in addition to or other than egg.
Knowing whether or not you have an egg intolerance is the first step towards experiencing symptom relief. Once your results confirm the intolerance, you then need to avoid eating egg for a period of three months. During this time, we suggest that you work with a practitioner, either a naturopath or nutritionist, who can help support you in correctly eliminating and reintroducing the egg. It is also beneficial to reduce your gut symptoms and work on resolving any irritation and inflammation in your gut (caused by the food intolerance or other digestive conditions). Following a gut healing program will help you to reintroduce egg into your diet without further intolerance.
In summary, today we looked at everything to do with egg intolerance. We learnt that an egg intolerance is caused by poor digestion of the proteins in the egg. The intolerance is often due to the protein in the egg white, though it can also be triggered by the egg yolk or the whole egg. We covered the most common symptoms of egg intolerance and then compared egg intolerance to an egg allergy. We then discussed how you can test for egg intolerance and that you can order the test online HERE. The test can tell you precisely what you’re intolerant to from a list of over 500 different foods and other items. From your results, you will be able to work with a practitioner to reduce your symptoms. At the same time, you avoid and correctly reintroduce your intolerances.