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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

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Why do I have a stronger allergic reaction to raw versus cooked shellfish?

Why do I have a stronger allergic reaction to raw versus cooked shellfish?

Shellfish allergy: The cooking process breaks down the allergenic proteins in the shellfish whereas the raw shellfish has 100% of the allergen when ingested. ...Read more

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Are there any foods that a baby under 1 year old should avoid altogether besides shellfish and honey?

Are there any foods that a baby under 1 year old should avoid altogether besides shellfish and honey?

Food Safety is #1: Biggest thing is food safety & choking risk-anything that is a piece that could lodge in an airway should be avoided--stick to small pieces of soft foods he/she can mash with his gums or swallow. Avoid peanut butter 'cause of texture--it's no longer believed age of introduction correlates to risk of allergy. But if strong family history of food allergy, there may some foods you might delay. ...Read more

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Is it safe for me to eat iodized salt or should I just avoid it completely like I do with shellfish?

Is it safe for me to eat iodized salt or should I just avoid it completely like I do with shellfish?

Organic iodine: Hi. You couldn't avoid iodine in salt if you tried your hardest! Fortunately, allergies to shellfish are to organic iodine, not ionic iodine (salt). You'll do fine. Besides, your thyroid still needs ionic iodine to make thyroid hormones. The iodine in thyroid is organic, but also will not trigger shellfish allergies. ...Read more

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10years ago i had an alergic reaction after eating shrimp i was told to avoid shellfish but i miss eating fried clams is there something i can do?

10years ago i had an alergic reaction after eating shrimp i was told to avoid shellfish but i miss eating fried clams is there something i can do?

Discuss with PCP: There are a variety of available ways to verify any food allergy and your pcp can help you find one. Blood or prick tests for a variety of foods can help decide if your issue was with the shrimp, or the seasoning it may have been prepared in.Further testing by an allergist may also be indicated. Good luck and good eating. ...Read more

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Do I have a shellfish allergy? I'm 29 and have eaten shrimp (along with every other kind of shellfish you can image) my entire life with no problem. Recently i've begun cooking shrimp myself, and i've noticed that when i'm handling raw shrimp to peel an

You : You could have what is called contact urticaria, hives/swelling on contact with things including foods. This is likely allergy to a protein in the shellfish, either in the shell or the meat itself. Its possible you have allergy to dust mites which could be causing you symptoms on handling shells of raw shrimp but no reactions with eating cooked shrimp. Majority of allergic reactions to shellfish starts in "adult life", so this could be a start. Recommend that you talk to an allergist to test for allergy to shellfish and dust mites. Can this progress to a more generalized reaction, anaphylaxis, symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing cannot be predicted at this time. If testing is positive you may not need to consider eliminating eating shellfish. ...Read more

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What is the chance I will get sick from eating a raw oyster?

What is the chance I will get sick from eating a raw oyster?

1 in a million: Twenty million americans consume raw shellfish like clams and oysters each year. Shellfish are filter feeders that pick up and concentrate bacteria, like vibrio, from the surrounding seawater. Bacteria concentrations, and the risk or infection, is higher in warmer months. Only cooking will destroy the bacteria. There are approximately 20 vibrio vulnificans infections each year, half are fatal. ...Read more