Asthma Allergy Immunology

Asthma Allergy Immunology

2013, Vol 11, Num, 2     (Pages: 128-130)

An adult-onset egg allergy

Mehmet ÜNSEL 1, Ömür ARDENİZ 2, Nihal METE GÖKMEN 2,

1 Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Izmir University, Izmir, Turkey
2 Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Ege University, İzmir, Turkey

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The development of egg allergy in the late adulthood is rare. In most of the cases, symptoms begin in childhood or early adulthood. Adult-onset egg allergy usually develops either as an occupational disease inflicting workers in bakery and confectionery industries or a bird-egg syndrome caused by cross-reactivity in patients suffering from bird feather sensitivity. Herein we present an adult-onset primary egg allergy appeared differently from the previously reported cases based on the absence of occupational exposure and bird as well as aeroallergen sensitization.

Keywords : Egg allergy, food allergy, adult