Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Colleen | 2011-04-12


Allergy to Yellow Fever Vaccine / Egg

Hi - my sister-in-law was advised to give my neice (who turned one on 31st March) egg before she went for her Yellow Fever Vaccination and she was fine with eating the yolk and white of the soft boiled egg. About two weeks after having the vaccination she was given the yolk of the egg on it''s own as she prefers this and all was still fine. However, when she was given the white of the egg, she all of a sudden got a very red and what seemed like itchy, rash on her lips and chin which lasted for about five minutes. Her breathing didn''t seem to be affected. My sister-in-law is now too scared to try and give her egg again and our question is: should she try once more and if so, just the yolk or the white or maybe try and give it to her as scrambled egg? Or should she now rather avoid giving her egg? Thank-you.

Expert's Reply



It does appear that your baby niece is allergic to egg. She developed a typical allergic rash called urticaria or hives when she was given the white of an egg recently. The white of the egg is more highly allergenic than the yolk, but she must NOT be given any egg at this stage. She has a good chance of growing out of her egg allergy. At this stage it would be best if your little niece was seen by a paediatrician and tested for egg allergy. This will give an indication if her allergy is dangerously high and if she needs to have emergency treatment available in case she is accidently given any egg now.

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