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Allergic Shellfish Eat Squid
Maybe: About 10-15% of people who are allergic to shellfish are also allergic to mollusks (including squid). An allergist can help you find out. If you have not eaten squid since your shellfish reaction, you should be evaluated before trying because of the risk of reaction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not Always: You should be tested for allergies to all of them. If you are allergic to shrimp, crab, or lobster and no others it is unlikely, but if you are allergic to clams or mussels allergy to the other foods is more likely. Either way the only way to know is get tested. See an allergist. ...Read more
See your Allergist: The first step would be to discuss with your board certified allergist what exactly happens when you eat seafood. If your history suggest an allergy reaction then you should be skin tested to clarify / confirm your history. If your history and skin test conform a shellfish allergy then strict avoidance is necessary. You should also be prescribed an injectable form of Epinephrine to have available. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Great question: Better to be specific. Shellfish = “crustaceans” (lobsters, "crayfish", prawns, crabs and shrimp) and “molluscs, ” [abalone, oysters, mussels, and squid (calamari)]. Other fish allergies are to “scaly” and “bony” fish, such as cod, haddock, herring, sprat, halibut, mackerel, trout and salmon. Hard to differentiate when they are cooked together! ...Read more
If I have an allergy to squid and other seafood, would I react to a meal containing squid ink too? (ie.: squid ink pasta)
Likely: but this has not been well studied and thus it would not be wise for you to try squid ink until proven otherwise. It is probably quite easy to confirm this by having your allergist do a prick-to-prick skin test to squid ink. ...Read more
In allergic bmti shellfish and have not tried any for 20 years or so. Will i still be allergic and can I eat calamari?
Possibly: Allergy to shellfish is usually due to allergy to a common allergen. However, people may react differently to various shellfish. Not all shellfish may cause reactions. After 20 years, an initial contact may be tolerated. While calamari may be better tolerated than shrimp and crab, you should see an allergist before trying any shell fish if you had a bad reaction in the past. ...Read more
Finned fish: Most people who are shellfish allergic can eat finned fish (salmon, tuna, cod, etc) without a problem. You may be able to eat mollusks (clams, squid, octopus). For both, you should check with your doctor, as some testing can be helpful to make these recommendations specifically for you, and specific recommendations vary depending on how severe your reaction was and your test results. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Might not: You might not want to eat crawfish if you have real food allergy symptoms to other shellfish. They can cross-react. If you really like to eat crawfish, you should see an allergist to be evaluated if you have real allergy to other shellfish. You might need an allergy test to crawfish to gage your risk of developing a real allergy reaction. Then your doctor can do an oral food challenge to crawfish. ...Read more
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