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A 38-year-old member asked:

please explain if it is possible to get shrimp allergies as you get older?

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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Yes: Shellfish allergy is typically an adult onset food allergy

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A 30-year-old member asked:

What part of shrimp causes allergy?

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Muscle protein: The main shrimp allergen is tropomyosin which is a muscle protein.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What percentage of people that have shrimp allergies have clam allergies also as well?

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Dr. Maziar Rezvani
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
Not known: I was unable to find an exact number in the literature, but it is generally advisable to avoid all shellfish if you have had an allergic reaction and are confirmed to be sensitized to shellfish.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What is a common symptom of shrimp allergies?

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Dr. Theodore Ritota
Dentistry 9 years experience
Swelling lips: And poss rash and vomiting.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Does it happen that people get shrimp allergies as you get older?

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Dr. James Sterner
Allergy and Immunology 16 years experience
Yes: Food allergies can develop at any point in life. Peanuts, tree nuts, and shell fish are the most common food allergies to develop in adults. All food allergies are life-threatening.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Could shrimp allergies automatically make you allergic to all shell fish?

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Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 23 years experience
Yes: Shellfish all have very similar proteins and cross reactions can occur.

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