Egg whites are more likely to cause allergy symptoms than yolks because of the proteins they contain. That can be anything from a mild rash to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction. Even if you can tolerate yolk you must avoid it due to the risk of cross-contact with egg white.
If you have egg white allergy you may also have to avoid other types of egg too. Cross-reactions are rare but it’s possible to react to white from chicken eggs, goose, turkey, quail and duck. This is because the proteins or allergens are very similar.
In this article we’ll look specifically at egg white allergy. Getting a diagnosis will help you know how to manage and treat it. And we’ll look at whether an egg white allergy can ever go away.