If you have children that are allergic to eggs, the solution may be something simple that the children would have no qualms about eating: cake!
Heat modifies certain egg allergens and, in turn, allows some children with egg allergies to be “treated” by feeding them ever increasing amounts of egg baked in a cake, Dr. George N. Konstantinou and colleagues, at the University of Athens report.
They used this approach to accelerate the development of tolerance to hen’s eggs among 94 boys and girls referred to the food allergy department at the university.
After undergoing 6 months of desensitization, 90 percent of the children could tolerate egg baked in a cake, the researchers report in a preliminary, online posting by the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
“Parents should be aware that there are novel approaches for handling egg allergy,” said study co-investigator Dr. Nikolaos G. Papadopoulos.
But he cautions not to try this at home. “Children with a known food allergen should be treated under the supervision of a specialized physician,” Papadopoulos told Reuters Health.
Read more about this at Reuters.