A person who has an egg white intolerance experiences negative symptoms after consuming egg whites. An intolerance is separate from an egg allergy. Egg white intolerance symptoms are delayed. A person with an egg white intolerance will experience symptoms several hours after consuming eggs. This delay can even take up to a day or more. With a food allergy, symptoms are very immediate and – in some cases – potentially life-threatening. Food intolerance symptoms are less severe. Rather than being life-threatening, they can be considered lifestyle-threatening as they can make it difficult for a person to live day-to-day life without discomfort.
An intolerance to egg whites is typically more common than an egg yolk intolerance. Some people with an egg white intolerance are able to eat egg yolks without difficulty while others react negatively to eating any part of the egg. Some people are able to eat small amounts of eggs without issue and others can tolerate well-cooked eggs. As with all food intolerances, an egg white intolerance is highly individual. Different people will experience egg white intolerances in different ways.
A food intolerance can either be a digestive food intolerance or an immune food intolerance. Those who have a digestive egg white intolerance have difficulty digesting and absorbing egg whites. Some people with an egg white intolerance are able to eat small amounts of egg white while others experience negative symptoms after eating any amount.
An immune food intolerance manifests in different ways and is more individual.
People who do not have an egg allergy may still have an egg or egg white intolerance. While the symptoms of an egg white intolerance are not as severe and life-threatening as the symptoms of an egg allergy, the intolerance can still cause discomfort and pain.
With a digestive egg white intolerance, a person is unable to properly absorb egg whites. Symptoms of a digestive egg white intolerance include stomach pain, cramping, excessive gas, nausea, vomiting, bloating and other gastrointestinal issues. Other egg white intolerance symptoms include breathing difficulties, nausea, headaches and skin issues. Those with immune food intolerances will experience far more individualized symptoms that vary far more on a case-by-case basis. It is difficult to ascertain which symptoms a person with an immune egg white intolerance will experience for this reason.
Due to the delay in symptoms and the fact that different people experience an egg white intolerance in different ways, many people find it difficult to determine that they in fact have an egg white intolerance without assistance. Many people are unable to easily connect the foods that they ate some time ago with how they are currently feeling while others have learned to live with bloating, stomach pain and other symptoms.
The simplest way to avoid experiencing egg white intolerance symptoms is to remove eggs and foods that contain eggs from your diet. However, many foods are prepared with eggs and egg whites, including some foods that you may not expect. Foods that often contain eggs or egg ingredients include mayonnaise, many pies, cakes and cookies, doughnuts, Hollandaise sauce, waffles, other baked goods as well as the batter that is used for many fried foods. Many of these foods do not specify if they include egg yolks, egg whites or whole eggs. Obviously, egg-based dishes such as omelets should be avoided as well. Some alcoholic drinks may even contain traces of eggs.
People who have an egg white intolerance need to read labels carefully and ask questions at restaurants and other establishments to ensure that they are aware of whether or not eggs are a part of the food that they are about to eat. Be sure to let people know that you have an egg white intolerance and that you are removing eggs from your diet before eating any prepared food. Preparing foods from scratch at home can help you ensure that the foods that you eat do not contain eggs or egg whites.
In most cases, a person with an egg white intolerance does not have to remove eggs from his or her diet permanently. After a period of time, you may be able to return to eating eggs without experiencing symptoms. This should be done with the advice of a medical professional.