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do any tests indicate a severe shellfish allergy?

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Dr. Slade Suchecki
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Consider: There are such tests, such as rast testing (radioallergosorbent testing).
Dr. Slade Suchecki
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Also: Immunocap is another test available - specific ige testing.
Dr. Paul Carter
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Positive or Negative: A positive skin or blood test for allergy to shellfish is enough evidence to diagnose an allergy if you have a convincing history of allergic reaction to shellfish. If the history is inconclusive, a blinded food challenge can be performed to help confirm the diagnosis. If you are diagnosed with shellfish allergy, you are at risk of a life threatening reaction. There is no test for severity.

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Will calamari trigger a shellfish allergy?

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Dr. Sean McGhee
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Yes: About 10-15% of people who are shellfish allergic (shrimp, lobster, etc) are also clinically sensitive to mollusks (clams, squid(calamari), octopus). Ask your allergist before introducing mollusks to your diet.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

Which drugs can help my shellfish allergy?

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Dr. Sean McGhee
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Epinephrine: For severe shellfish allergy, only injectable Epinephrine for reactions is a reliable treatment. Some people with very mild allergies can use antihistamines alone, but everyone should have Epinephrine available. Unfortunately, there are no drugs that will prevent or resolve a food allergy so you can eat the food without risk, although this is an active area of research.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Go on a cruise and swim with shellfish allergy?

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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: That should not cause any problems.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Whats a type 1 shellfish allergy?

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Dr. Paul Carter
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Immediate: A type 1 hypersensitivity is an immediate type reaction. That is the typical type of allergy to shellfish.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of a shellfish allergy?

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Dr. Paul Carter
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Oral and Stomach: Typically shellfish allergy would cause itching, burning, stinging and/ or swelling of the mouth, tongue, or lips. It may also cause stomach upset such as nausea, vomiting, cramping and possibly diarrhea. In some cases, it may cause a rash, shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, and drop in blood pressure, or in severe cases death.

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