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After eating several bites of his mom’s omelet when he was 2 years old, Thomas experienced difficulty breathing, an itchy mouth and swollen lips. He was rushed to the hospital where he was treated for anaphylaxis. While at the hospital, a presumptive diagnosis of egg allergy was made. Thomas’ mom was told to avoid giving him all forms of egg. Thomas was also diagnosed with moderate persistent asthma at the age of 5.
Growing up, Thomas didn’t want to seem weird or different to his friends, so he rarely mentioned his egg allergy or carried his epinephrine auto-injector. In his teenage years, he’s been careless when reading food labels, and has been rushed to the emergency department twice. Thomas is going away to college next year and his mother is worried that he doesn’t take his allergy seriously. Thomas’ healthcare professional recommends that an egg allergen component test be done to better understand the seriousness of his egg allergy diagnosis.
The results of an ImmunoCAPTM Egg Allergen Component test revealed that Thomas may have a high risk of systemic reaction to all forms of egg. His healthcare professional explained to him that this means he’s allergic to egg in any and all forms. Seeing the test results and speaking with his healthcare professional helped Thomas understand how serious his allergy is and that he needs to avoid eggs and products containing eggs. This knowledge also helped encourage Thomas to always carry his epinephrine auto-injector, which is a relief to Thomas’ mom as he gets ready to leave for college.
Not everyone takes their allergies seriously. Understanding the causes and severity of your symptoms can help you avoid more serious issues in the future. So, how do you know if you have an allergy—or several? Be sure to consult with your healthcare professional to learn how to get tested today.
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