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Glucosamine Shellfish Allergies
Shellfish shells: Glucosamine is manufactured from the shells of shrimp, so contamination with shrimp proteins might cause a reaction. However, most people who are shellfish allergic are allergic to the muscle of the shrimp, and the amount of the muscle protein in the glucosamine product is small. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Essentially allergies occur when your immune system goes crazy and decides to has to fight against things it should be ignoring. The immune system of people without allergies simply ignores the pollen in the air or the dander on their cat while an allergic person's immune system creates cells to fight against the pollen or dander. The allergic reaction causes the ...Read more
Is there anything like glucosamine and condrontin that i could use for my joints that is not derivived from shell fish i'm very allergic to shellfish?
55 year-old woman had bilateral hip replacements, and had bilateral knee releases over 3 years ago, but had trouble recovering from knee surgery.....?
See FamilyDoc&Ortho: Persistent pain & loss of function after joint replacement needs to be addressed by your Orthopedic surgeon (perhaps loosening of prosthesis). Plan on seeing your FamilyDoc who can refer you to appropriate Physical Therapist (for functional mobility) & Pain specialists too. Discuss w/FamilyDoc whether pain is perhaps statin-induced myalgia. ...Read more
See Allergist: There is no such thing as a slight allergy. You either are allergic to shellfish and should avoid or you are not and can eat as you wish. If you need to confirm a true allergy to shellfish see an Allergist for further testing. If you have had previous mild reactions to shellfish there is always a chance that your next exposure could result in a more severe reaction and/or anaphylaxis. ...Read more
Just found out I am mildly allergic to shellfish from an allergy test. I have eaten shellfish all my life with no problem. Can the allergy get worse?
Well,....: It's always possible, BUT I teach medical students that "we treat patients, not numbers." That is to say, if you have eaten shell fish all your life without any issues, I would not change your eating habits because of an allergy test. My brother was once tested for allergies and he came up positive for grass and was a landscaper at the time (and he did not quit his job)! Be well, best wishes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Positive or Negative: A positive skin or blood test for allergy to shellfish is enough evidence to diagnose an allergy if you have a convincing history of allergic reaction to shellfish. If the history is inconclusive, a blinded food challenge can be performed to help confirm the diagnosis. If you are diagnosed with shellfish allergy, you are at risk of a life threatening reaction. There is no test for severity. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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