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A 51-year-old member asked:

i just found out that i am allergic to shrimp i still want to continue eating it. are their any cures?

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Dr. Gary Steven
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 30 years experience
Not yet: There are a few treatments in the works, but nothing ready for prime time. All you can do for now is to keep shrimp out of your diet.
Dr. Brian Novick
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Sorry ..no: If you have seen an allergist who confirmed this then avoidance is the only cure...Though some people do " outgrow" it. Good luck.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Anyone whos allergic to shrimp ever react to just the shell?

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Dr. Quan Nguyen
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No, not the shell: Allergic reaction to shellfish is due to specific ige reaction to the myotropin protein, not due to the shell nor the "iodine" of the shell.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What is in crustaceans that makes someone allergic to shrimp?

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Can I go to seafood bistro to eat if allergic to shrimp?

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A 35-year-old member asked:

If there is a possibility I might be allergic to shrimp, can I have mussels? (have eaten before)

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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 42 years experience
Seafood allergy: Shrimp are crustaceans & mussels are mollusks, a different group of fish. If the shrimp reaction was severe and the shrimp allergy proven, a skin test to mussels could help find out if eating them is risky. If you have already eaten mussels after the possible shrimp reaction, it is probably safe. Safest advice: get tested for both, maybe both will be negative. Challenge in the safety of dr office.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Is there a way to know if I am allergic to shrimp other than actually trying to eat shrimp?

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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 42 years experience
Allergy testing food: Your response to a shrimp skin test can give you a pretty good idea of how allergic you are. You could also have a blood test. It is important not to try eating shrimp if you have had a serious allergic reaction to a food and you think it is shrimp. It could be dangerous to eat a food you think you are allergic to. The only way to be sure the test is correct though, is to eat it in the dr office.

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