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Doctor insights on: Avoid Raw Oysters And Shellfish

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How can you tell if raw oysters on half shell are bad?

Eat one: If you get sick, you got a bad one. If you buy them, they should have a certificate attached. Otherwise you can't tell until it's too late. ...Read more

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Ate raw oysters and got sick, is this toxoplasmosis?

Ate raw oysters and got sick, is this toxoplasmosis?

No: You get toxo from undercooked meat, not oysters. You can get enteric infections (infectious diarrhea) or hepatitis a from oysters. ...Read more

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Are raw oysters dangerous to eat, even if you hot sauce on them? What medical conditions would make a person not be allowed to eat raw oysters?

Are raw oysters dangerous to eat, even if you hot sauce on them? What medical conditions would make a person not be allowed to eat raw oysters?

Don't eat them..: Raw sea food is dangerous anyhow. Hot sauce will not do anything against bacteria. Also, since you are allergic to other foods, you may very well be allergic to sea food also. Nowadays, with all sea pollution it is not safe to eat raw sea food. Stop diet sodas.Also bad for you! ...Read more

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50 yr old. Have eaten raw oysters on the half shell at same restaurant for past 30 years. Now on enbrel (etanercept) for ra. Any need to change my habit?

50 yr old. Have eaten raw oysters on the half shell at same restaurant for past 30 years. Now on enbrel (etanercept) for ra. Any need to change my habit?

I would: As tasty as your routine is, the fact is you can live without oysters. You might not be able to say the same with a serious infection, which you are at higher risk for on enbrel (etanercept). No matter how good the source, raw foods contain germs that can cause disease. I would not put myself at that risk. There are not any good formal studies, though, to that affect - just common sense. Your decision... ...Read more

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Is it safe to eat raw oysters while pregnant?

Is it safe to eat raw oysters while pregnant?

No raw shellfish: Avoid any shellfish that are raw or undercooked. Do not eat any shellfish harvested during a red tide or when there are similar algae problems. Avoid any fish or shellfish that are obtained from areas near industrial pollution. Avoid smoked seafood. Avoid mecury. Fish with very high potential mercury levels: shark, swordfish, marlin & king mackerel, big eye & ahi tuna & orange roughy. & tilefish. ...Read more

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Is it safe to eat raw oysters while I am pregnant?

Is it safe to eat raw oysters while I am pregnant?

Raw shellfish: Avoid any shellfish that are raw or undercooked. Do not eat any shellfish harvested during a red tide or when there are similar algae problems. Avoid any fish or shellfish that are obtained from areas near industrial pollution. Avoid smoked seafood. Avoid mecury. Fish with very high potential mercury levels: shark, swordfish, marlin & king mackerel, big eye & ahi tuna & orange roughy. & tilefish. ...Read more

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And can we get hepatitis b by eating raw seafood like cockles, mussels, etc?

And can we get hepatitis b by eating raw seafood like cockles, mussels, etc?

No: Hep a yes, but not hepb which is blood-borne ie sexual contact, IV drugs, etc.. ...Read more

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Diarrhea, watery runny nose, pressure/headache in sinus cavity. Just returned to Boston from Florida. Drank tap water, ate raw oysters 4 days ago.

Diarrhea, watery runny nose, pressure/headache in sinus cavity. Just returned to Boston from Florida. Drank tap water, ate raw oysters 4 days ago.

Could be: viral gastroenteritis including Influenza. Also bacterial enterocolitis from raw oysters is possiblity, but less likely. If iillness persistes beyond 3-5 days, see a doctor for accurate diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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If im allergic to shellfish can I eat oysters?

If im allergic to shellfish can I eat oysters?

No: Be sure of your allergies by testing with your allergist. They will give you alist. A lot of folks are not allergic , but if you are, it can be deadly. ...Read more