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How can I know if I am allergic to shrimp?

How can I know if I am allergic to shrimp?

History and testing: Food allergy is diagnosed by taking the patient history and if the history is consistent with an allergic reaction ( they ate the food and had lip swelling , tongue swelling, hives, itchiness, trouble breathing, passing out and the like) than skin testing would be performed to confirm the suspected food. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm allergic to shrimp. Can i eat insects?

What to do if i'm allergic to shrimp. Can i eat insects?

Don't quite understand: Your question! If you're allergic to certain foods you just have to avoid them, and not sure what do you literally mean by "eat insects"? You can still avoid them in your diet and lead normal life ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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If someone puts shrimp appetizers on a tray alongside others and I eat the others, could I have reaction if allergic to shrimp?

If someone puts shrimp appetizers on a tray alongside others and I eat the others, could I have reaction if allergic to shrimp?

Yes: You can have a severe allergic reaction to eating food that is even contaminated with or touched by shrimp if you are allergic. This can include death. ...Read more

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Why are so many people allergic to shrimp and sea food?

Why are so many people allergic to shrimp and sea food?

Exposure + genetics: The real reason is not clearly known, but the human immune system frequently recognized the muscle protein in shrimp (called tropomyosin) as foreign and makes allergic antibodies to it. It is likely a combination of increased genetic risk, combined with exposure of the shrimp proteins in the GI tract interacting with the GI immune system. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more