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What are softshell crab allergy symptoms?

What are softshell crab allergy symptoms?

A variety!: Depending on the patient, food allergy symptoms can include:itchy mouth/throat, facial &/or airway swelling, difficulty breathing or talking, cough, wheeze, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (can be bloody), flushing, hives, eye redness, itch, &/or swelling, runny, itchy, &/or stuffy nose, sneezing, abdominal pain, feeling of impending doom and even shock or cardiac arrest! ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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What would be hermit crab allergy symptoms?

What would be hermit crab allergy symptoms?

When exposed to: Hermit crab meat, you would experience any of these symptoms
-hives
-swelling
-itching
-nausea/vomiting
-chest tightness
-wheezing
-shortness of breath
-light-headedness
-a sudden sense of doom. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Crab allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Crab allergy?

Crab allergy: Sx’s of shellfish allergy can include; tingling in mouth, hives, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, loose stools, headache, runny nose, sneezing, dizziness, fainting, difficulty breathing, swelling of face, lips tongue and/or throat. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of shellfish or crab allergy?

A variety!: Depending on the patient, food allergy symptoms can include:itchy mouth/throat, facial &/or airway swelling, difficulty breathing or talking, cough, wheeze, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (can be bloody), flushing, hives, eye redness, itch, &/or swelling, runny, itchy, &/or stuffy nose, sneezing, abdominal pain, feeling of impending doom and even shock or cardiac arrest! ...Read more

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What can cause crab allergies?

Depends: Crab allergy is a shellfish allergy and can develop at any time during adulthood. Why some adults can consume crabs their entire life without any problems and others can go on to develop symptoms is unknown. Shellfish allergy is a common adult allergen and symptoms can vary from one accidental exposure to the next so avoidance once symptoms develop is the best way to manage. ...Read more

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Have eaten softshell crabs and crabcakes for years. Tell me please what causes crab allergies?

Have eaten softshell crabs and crabcakes for years. Tell me please what causes crab allergies?

Shellfish protein: The part of the crab (or shellfish) that most commonly leads to allergy is the protein found in the food. I would recommend skin testing to crab and other shellfish at an allergist's office. ...Read more

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Can crab allergies cause headaches?

Can crab allergies cause headaches?

Possibly: Allergic reactions to food usually result in hives, itching, breathing problems, throat swelling or GI symptoms but could include headache. Some foods commonly trigger headaches in migraine suffered such as chocolate or aged cheese. These are not true food allergies. ...Read more

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Could someone have an allergy to fake crab?

Could someone have an allergy to fake crab?

Yes: Typically "fake crab" is fish that has been flavored to taste like crab. Therefore, a person who is allergic to fish could have an allergic reaction to "fake crab" it is less likely that a reaction would be to the flavoring, coloring, etc. Always read the ingredients on the food label (or ask the chef) and it will identify the main allergens. ...Read more

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What causes crab allergies? Shrimp allergy?

What causes crab allergies? Shrimp allergy?

Muscle protein: The allergen in shrimp and crab is probably a common allergen called tropomyosin which is a muscle protein. ...Read more

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Can people with shellfish allergies eat imitation crab and be okay?

Can people with shellfish allergies eat imitation crab and be okay?

Probably: It's important to read food labels when dealing with food allergies. Typically imitation crab is fish with artificial flavor and color. Be sure to read label just to make sure. ...Read more

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Possible food allergy to shrimp once after years of eating it. Can I have crab?

Possible food allergy to shrimp once after years of eating it. Can I have crab?

Need further testing: Both shrimp and crab are considered shellfish. You can be allergic to only one or both but should be tested by an allergist to be certain. Commonly restaurants do not keep their shellfish separate so need to also be careful with cross-contamination. ...Read more

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If you have an allergy towards crab and shrimp will you have an allergy with crawfish?

If you have an allergy towards crab and shrimp will you have an allergy with crawfish?

Probably: They are very closely related so there is a good chance. Not absolutely true, so it is worth testing. I'm afraid there are no commercial skin test reagents available for crawfish, so a RAST test is a good start. But even if it is negative, please talk to an allergist; you should first eat some in the allergist's office before trying some at home or in a restaurant. ...Read more

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How severe is an allergy with the values of 0.22 KU/L for crab and 0.15 KU/L for shrimp? I have never had a reaction, just discovered in allergy panel

How severe is an allergy with the values of 0.22 KU/L for crab and 0.15 KU/L for shrimp? I have never had a reaction, just discovered in allergy panel

Negative: These appear to be negative values. However if you have had a serious reaction suspected to be from either of these foods, you need to talk to your allergist before ever touching these foods. If the tests are done for general purpose when you have never had any reaction from eating them then there is no reason to avoid these foods. ...Read more

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Will imitation crab trigger a shellfish allergy?

Will imitation crab trigger a shellfish allergy?

No: Imitation crab meat is made from fillets of Alaska pollock. As long as you don't have a history of fish allergy you shouldn't have a problem. You should be careful however, because some manufacturers that produce these products also manufacture shellfish products in the same facility which could cause cross-contamination. ...Read more

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If I have a shellfish allergy, can I eat imitation crab?

If I have a shellfish allergy, can I eat imitation crab?

Yes.: That is, as long as you are not allergic to fish as well. Imitation crab is made from pollack and kamaboko, types of white fish. There are two kinds of shellfish - crustaceans (shrimp, lobster, crab) & mollusks (clams, mussels, oysters, calamari). Are you allergic to both kinds? If not, there may be some shellfish in your future. See an allergist for help. ...Read more

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How can seafoods like lobster, crab and squid cause food allergies?

How can seafoods like lobster, crab and squid cause food allergies?

If you are sensitive: If you are sensitive to the proteins in these foods, your body makes antibodies that recognize them and set off an allergic reaction. Most foods have the potential of causing allergies, but a few are more likely and shellfish are among the 8 most common food allergens. ...Read more

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I started getting headache after eating crab but I don't have itchiness or swelling. Am I allergy to crab? But I feel fine when eating shrimp. Cause?

I started getting headache after eating crab but I don't have itchiness or swelling. Am I allergy to crab? But I feel fine when eating shrimp. Cause?

Headache: Headache is not the usual symptom of a true food allergic reaction. The usual symptoms are hives, itching, swelling, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, respiratory symptoms or anaphylaxis. Most persons with crab allergy will also experience symptoms with shrimp also suggesting a different reason for the headache. There are many reasons for headache and your physician can review that list. ...Read more

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Can I eat blue cheese with an amoxicillin allergy? I have angioedema and uriticaria from amoxicillin.

Can I eat blue cheese with an amoxicillin allergy? I have angioedema and uriticaria from amoxicillin.

BLUE CHEESE PENICILLIN: WHILE BLEU CHEESE HAS A STRAIN OF PENICILLIN IN IT, IT APPARENTLY IS NOT THE STRAIN THAT CAUSES HIVES OR ANGIOEDEMA.
DO, HOWEVER, CHECK WITH YOUR PCP OR INTERNIST.
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Is it possible that blue lips and nail beds be a symptom of peanut allergy?

Is it possible that blue lips and nail beds be a symptom of peanut allergy?

Blue lips/nails: Blue lips and nail beds are a sign of not having enough oxygen in the blood and if the allergy is so bad that the person cannot breath well then you can see this, but before that the perosn will have other symptoms. See ur doc asap if you have blue lips and nail beds on an ongoing basis. If breathign difficulty call 9-1-1. ...Read more

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If a person has penicillin allergy, is it safe to eat roquefort, blue, or gorgonzola cheese? Does the mold in the cheese make penicillin?

If a person has penicillin allergy, is it safe to eat roquefort, blue, or gorgonzola cheese? Does the mold in the cheese make penicillin?

Great question: Reactions to penicillin in foods eaten by persons allergic to penicillin are rare - perhaps 10 cases in past 25 years worldwide. Cases involve eating meat from an animal given penicillin before slaughtering. I found no cases attributed to the cheeses listed. They use a different species of the genus penicillium to add flavor. Also many persons who think they are penicillin allergic are not. ...Read more

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I've had seasonal allergies all month and out of the blue I got a swollen lymph node on the left side of my neck with no fever. Allergy related?

I've had seasonal allergies all month and out of the blue I got a swollen lymph node on the left side of my neck with no fever. Allergy related?

Swollen neck LN: Could be with all the allergies you could have an infection, post nasal drip, sinusitis, even throat infection without fever or significant symptoms. The protocol is monitor a lymph node for a month if does not resovle then biopsy. ...Read more

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I don't have food allergies, or other allergies. How likely is it that my tongue will swell? Afraid of tongue swelling. This fear came out of the blue.

I don't have food allergies, or other allergies. How likely is it that my tongue will swell? Afraid of tongue swelling. This fear came out of the blue.

Very unlikely.: Tongues do not swell without a cause and it sounds to me that you have no causative factors. This worry you have is therefore unfounded and if it continues you should consider some counseling to help dismiss this fear. Life is magnificent if you can allow yourself to see it! ...Read more

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Periodically I get the most severe stabbing pain in the outside of my ear, no earache, no cold no allergies. Just happens out of the blue.?

Periodically I get the most severe stabbing pain in the outside of my ear, no earache, no cold no allergies. Just happens out of the blue.?

Outside of your ear.: Are you referring to the front of your ear? A sudden, electric shock like pain in the face on one side may be due to a condition called trigeminal neuralgia. There are treatments for this, and your physician can examine you and take a history to diagnose this. ...Read more

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Had sinus surgery for nose; swells get black n blue. Allergies to molds bad. Can my bottom jaw hurt from sinus when barometric pressure/wind high.?

Had sinus surgery for nose; swells get black n blue. Allergies to molds bad. Can my bottom jaw hurt from sinus when barometric pressure/wind high.?

Not: In severe and chronic maxillary sinusitis, the upper teeth but not the lower may be involved. If you have allergies, you will need to get this treated as well because the nasal swelling will likely close up the sinus openings leading to sinusitis again despite the surgery. If you have water damage at your home, you need to get it fixed or move out. Recommend an allergy consult. ...Read more

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Can lisinopril and blue crab cause a severe facial reaction?

Possibly: Many people are allergic to crab. Even if you haven't had a reaction in the past, not all blue crabs are exactly alike! You sound like you're having an allergic reaction. ...Read more

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I have headaches when I eat crab legs all the time. Am I allergic to crabs, blue crabs etc?

I have headaches when I eat crab legs all the time. Am I allergic to crabs, blue crabs etc?

Possibly: It is possible that you are allergic to crab meat or something else that you are consuming at the same time. It may be crab meat from certain areas that are higher in certain chemicals or metals. It could be the sauce, what the crabs were cooked in, side dish, etc. There may also be something in the environment where you are eating the crab legs. There is not enough information to be positive. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
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Crab Allergy (Definition)

Sx’s of shellfish allergy can include; tingling in mouth, hives, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, loose stools, headache, runny nose, sneezing, dizziness, fainting, difficulty breathing, swelling of face, ...Read more