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how can i get tested for a shrimp allergy?

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Dr. Lee Perry
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Skin or blood test: There are good tests available for shrimp allergy--i would recommend seeing an allergist to get skin tested to shrimp and other shellfish. Depending on the results, you may also need blood testing.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

What is considered a shrimp allergy?

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Symptoms: Food allergy reactions include: runny nose, itchiness, rash, hives, lip/tongue/throat swelling, trouble talking, swallowing or breathing, asthma, belly pain, throwing up, passing out and rarely death.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What causes crab allergies? Shrimp allergy?

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Muscle protein: The allergen in shrimp and crab is probably a common allergen called tropomyosin which is a muscle protein.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Do I have a shrimp allergy if my dad has one?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Not inherited: You don't inherit food allergies like you would eye color or other gene based features. You can inherit a tendency to allergies, which does have a genetic component. To become allergic to any food your body must first be exposed to it and have a quirky response to it at future times, but generally not at the initial encounter.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Is there a cure for shrimp allergy ?

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
No: At this time, the best practice for shrimp allergy is strict avoidance and having an anaphylaxis treatment plan and epi available for use if needed.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Does having a shrimp allergy automatically make you allergic to all shell fish?

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Dr. Javier Chinen
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 30 years experience
Not automatically: Allergy reactions are to a single molecule or component. People have allergy to only one or several of these molecules. These might be present in one organism or in many. In the shrimp case, most people are allergic to a molecule called tropomyosin, which is very similar to the one present in other shellfish, and in dust mite. There are other tropomyosins that do not cross react w/ the shrimp one.

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