• Got Egg Allergies? Read This Kitchen Survival Guide

    Any type of food allergy can make mealtime more difficult because you must be diligent about reading ingredient labels before digging into prepared dishes and packaged foods. Egg allergies can present an even greater challenge, because eggs are such versatile ingredients that they end up in countless recipes, from breakfast staples to baked goods. If you do have an egg allergy, it is possible to eat well and still enjoy many of the recipes that commonly feature eggs, as long as you know some helpful substitutions to employ.

    Where Eggs Are Typically Found

    When eggs are fried or scrambled, it’s obvious that they’re on the plate, so they are easy to avoid. However, the biggest challenge for egg allergy sufferers comes from foods where eggs are among many other ingredients. Most baked goods fall into this category, including many types of breads, cakes, cookies, muffins, bagels, and pastries. Eggs are also commonly used as a binding ingredient, so they may also be found in fillings for pasta dishes or foods like meatloaf.

    What You Can Use as a Substitute for Eggs

    One of the easiest ways to avoid eggs is by selecting vegan options, especially when you are dining out and have limited access to ingredients lists. However, you can get more creative and substitute eggs in your own cooking so that you don’t have to omit more ingredients than necessary. Here is a look at some great egg substitutes and their best uses.

    • Applesauce, pumpkin puree, or mashed banana: Use ¼ cup for each egg in any recipe for baked goods, and reduce sugar in recipe to taste.
    • Commercial egg replacer: Use according to package instructions. This is available in the baking aisle at most grocery stores, and is excellent for limiting any added flavor.
    • Silken tofu: Use ¼ cup pureed tofu per egg. Expect a denser finished product. This is best for breads, brownies, and cookies.
    • Carbonated water: Use ¼ cup per egg where added leavening is desired, such as in cakes and quick breads.
    • Aquafaba: Use 3 tablespoons of this substitute—which is the liquid left over from cooking chickpeas or the fluid found in cans of chickpeas—to replace one egg. This can be whipped into stiff peaks where egg whites would normally be used.

    Living with a food allergy does take some extra work and knowhow in the kitchen, but it is easier with the help of allergy doctors serving Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. For allergy care in these areas, schedule an appointment with Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM by calling 1(800)86-COUGH. Our specialists can provide food allergy testing as well as immunotherapy and other treatments to help you manage your symptoms.

  • Understanding Anaphylaxis

    When you have allergies, you probably experience limited allergic reactions only affecting certain parts of the body. For example, rhinitis will only cause symptoms like sneezing and a runny nose. As this video explains, anaphylaxis is a different kind of allergic reaction because it affects the entire body. Anaphylaxis is a severe reaction that occurs very quickly and can be life-threatening, so it is imperative to recognize the reaction occurring and seek emergency care immediately.

    The board-certified doctors at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM can help you recognize your risk for anaphylaxis due to food allergies, insect allergies, or other triggers. If you are looking for allergy care in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville, Pennsylvania, call our offices at 1(800)86-COUGH and schedule a consultation.

  • Undergoing the FeNO Test

    If you suffer from allergic or eosinophilic asthma, you may use a steroidal inhaler to suppress inflammation and improve breathing. When you take this medication, you may feel that your breathing has improved, but there may still be higher concentrations of nitric oxide—an indicator of inflammation in the airway—when you exhale. For this reason, your allergist may recommend a FeNO test to establish a baseline and then to measure the effectiveness of your medication.

    A FeNO test is a simple test, during which you will breathe into a special instrument to measure the concentration of nitric oxide in your lungs. Unlike other lung function tests, this test requires you to blow out slowly in a long, steady stream rather than breathing hard and fast. If your nitric oxide levels are still too high after you take your medication, your allergist may recommend increasing the dose of your daily inhaler.

    Allergy & Asthma Specialists is one of the few medical practices in the region that performs the FeNO test in the office as a standard protocol for all new patients.

    At Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM , you can expect a full range of care for allergies and asthma, including specialized testing to measure lung function and better manage your symptoms. For more information about our services in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania, call us at 1(800)86-COUGH.