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Can You Eat Squid Raw
I having Urticaria right now because of squid. What should I eat? And can I go to windy places or use fans? Thank you for helping me
HIves: Hives can occur immediately after eating squid if there is a food allergy or possibly due to scromboid poisoning if the seafood was improperly handled or prepared. Antihistamines such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are indicated in both cases. Both can also cause dangerous systemic reactions that are life threatening and require emergency care. I'm not sure if windy places or fans will either help or hurt you. ...Read more
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 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 more
Diabetes M. = ↑Sugar: Diabetes mellitus is defined as elevated blood glucose; optimal hba1c ≤5.0%. By ada promoted standards, dm is not present until hba1c ≥6.5%. Thus eating foods containing little to no sugar, e.g. Meats, should not be a problem. On the other hand, tastes/preferences vary widely & some humans react badly to all kinds of things for all kinds of internalized reasons, especially memories of events past. ...Read more
Squid is considered a mollusk (oyster, clam, abalone etc) although a free-ranging one.
Its ink contains proteins which can sensitize people just like clams or oysters do. ...Read more
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
Food allergy: Allergy to any food, in this case squid will cause symptoms of oral itching, lip or tongue swelling, hives, breathing difficulty and/or throat closure etc. Food allergy is diagnosed with clinical history followed by skin or blood test and that information helps establish the diagnosis and severity of the allergy. ...Read more
I can feel a soft (like squid)structure attached to left testicle but can't it feel to the right. What could that be?
Good for him?: No but doesn't mean he can't eat it in small amounts. Consult with his cardiologist. ...Read more
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 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
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
I have white raised areas on hard palate, behind front teeth- similar to a squid's curled tentacles. What is this? Do I need to see a Doctor/Dentist?
Normal: Those are normal anatomical tissue contours called rugae. Look in someone else's mouth and see the appearance - or take a selfie and have them take one and compare. All are different in contour location and degree. Not to worry. Good Luck. ...Read more
Yes, but why???: Haven't heard of any regulations against the eating of raw lamb, but why would one not cook his meat. Undercooked meat has bacteria, viruses, and parasites that are bad for people. One can enjoy a healthier lifestyle by cooking to death all those "germs", before eating. ...Read more
Yes but why?: Raw rice contains the same amount of calories and nutrition as do the equivalent quantity of cooked rice. Raw rice lacks the flavor and texture and you should increase fluid intake to hydrate the rice if this is your preferred way to eat rice. I wonder why you would try it this way however? ...Read more
You shouldn't: Eating raw meat is generally considered unsafe and may result in intestinal upset (vomiting and diarrhea). That said there are some great dishes that include raw meat- you just have to be careful the meat is handled and served properly. ...Read more
Bran: Is good for you. As long as you can tolerate the raw bran. You can eat it ...Read more
Pica: Eating raw rice may mean you are anemic. Please have your blood cell counts checked soon by you doctor. ...Read more