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My child is allergic to eggs. A friend said she's allergic to chicken eggs but can eat duck eggs. Should I try giving my child duck eggs?

There is not a lot of research to date to answer this question. Some general recommendations can be made.

There are similar proteins in both hen and duck eggs. If you are allergic to hen eggs, your doctor will likely recommend that you avoid eating eggs from other domesticated animals. This includes duck, geese, quail, and turkey eggs. An allergic cross-reactivity can occur.

If your child really wants to try duck eggs, a prick skin test can be done in your allergist's office. The decision to perform an oral food challenge with this food could be considered as well. Discuss these issues with an allergy specialist.

Egg Allergy, Food Allergy
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John M. James, MD, is a board-certified allergist. He is also President of Food Allergy Consulting and Education Services, LLC. He has worked as a medical specialist in the field of allergy, asthma, and immunology for over 30 years. Dr. James received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee. He is board certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

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