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Doctor insights on: I'm Allergic To Shellfish Can I Eat Octopus

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What happens if I'm allergic to shellfish would I be allergic to octopus or squid?

What happens if I'm allergic to shellfish would I be allergic to octopus or squid?

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

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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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I'm allergic to shellfish. Can I eat squid?

I'm allergic to shellfish. Can I eat squid?

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

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If I am allergic to shellfish can I eat salmon?

Shellfish: You should be able to eat salmon and other fish, but to be positively sure, see an allergist and get tested. ...Read more

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If I'm allergic to shellfish, what seafood can I eat?

Finned fish: Most people who are shellfish allergic can eat finned fish (salmon, tuna, cod, etc) without a problem. You may be able to eat mollusks (clams, squid, octopus). For both, you should check with your doctor, as some testing can be helpful to make these recommendations specifically for you, and specific recommendations vary depending on how severe your reaction was and your test results. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to eat freshwater crawfish if I'm allergic to shellfish?

Is it possible for me to eat freshwater crawfish if I'm allergic to shellfish?

Might not: You might not want to eat crawfish if you have real food allergy symptoms to other shellfish. They can cross-react. If you really like to eat crawfish, you should see an allergist to be evaluated if you have real allergy to other shellfish. You might need an allergy test to crawfish to gage your risk of developing a real allergy reaction. Then your doctor can do an oral food challenge to crawfish. ...Read more

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I've just returned from holiday where I tried Octopus for the first time & I'm allergic. Does that mean I cannot eat prawns or tuna or other fish?

I've just returned from holiday where I tried Octopus for the first time & I'm allergic. Does that mean I cannot eat prawns or tuna or other fish?

Tuna is unrelated: If you are allergic to octopus (a mollusc), you may have a problem with prawns (an arthropod) too. Both are invertebrates of different zoological groups; some allergenic proteins may be similar. Prawns are misnamed "shell fish". Tuna is a vertebrate fish with no cross reactivity to the others. Still, people may be allergic to fish too, although Tuna is less allergenic than others. ...Read more

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In allergic bmti shellfish and have not tried any for 20 years or so. Will I still be allergic and can I eat calamari?

In allergic bmti shellfish and have not tried any for 20 years or so. Will I still be allergic and can I eat calamari?

Possibly: Allergy to shellfish is usually due to allergy to a common allergen. However, people may react differently to various shellfish. Not all shellfish may cause reactions. After 20 years, an initial contact may be tolerated. While calamari may be better tolerated than shrimp and crab, you should see an allergist before trying any shell fish if you had a bad reaction in the past. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to shellfish. Is there some kinds of sushi that I can eat safely?

Tough to say: Going on the assumption you know you are not allergic to scaled fish, the problem with sushi is that it is made in the same place as sushi containing shellfish. It would be easy for there to be some "cross-contamination" of your "plain" sushi. And end up with shellfish in it. Eventhough you think it doesn't have any. Talk to your dr but it probably is best to avoid all sushi. ...Read more

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If I was allegic to shellfish when I was younger can I try n eat a shrimp now that am a adult and see what happens and if I am still can I take benadr?

If I was allegic to shellfish when I was younger can I try n eat a shrimp now that am a adult and see what happens and if I am still can I take benadr?

Not recommended: I don't recommend this approach when simple testing can help determine this. The treatment for a systemic allergic reaction such as with foods is Epinephrine, NOT Benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more

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I am allergic to shellfish and the doctors told me I am allergic to the iodine in shellfish. Is it ok to eat salmon?

See below: Iodine is not the allergen in shellfish. The allergen in shellfish is a muscle protein called tropomyosin. It is a myth, that continues to be perpetuated, that iodine is the allergen ion shellfish. They have nothing to do with one another. ...Read more

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What food do people with food allergies eat to get the same nutrients they need from the foods they're allergic to? I.e. Nuts, shellfish and pork?

What food do people with food allergies eat to get the same nutrients they need from the foods they're allergic to? I.e. Nuts, shellfish and pork?

Micronutrients: Protein, Omega fatty acids and micronutrients are nutritional advantages of the foods you have mentioned. A whole raw food multivitamin and other protein sources such as lean beef, organ meats, soy, avocado, spinach, kale can help make up the difference. ...Read more

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I am allergic to iodine, shrimp, lobster, seaweed, but can eat crab, fish clams, octopus. I would like to start taking fish oil for depression. Can I?

I am allergic to iodine, shrimp, lobster, seaweed, but can eat crab, fish clams, octopus. I would like to start taking fish oil for depression. Can I?

Allergy testing: It is unusual to be able to eat crabs and seafood with such a strong history of iodine and multiple seafood allergies. I would not recommend fish oil at this time. If you are depressed, there are medications and counseling that can help - see your Doctor. If you have not been evaluated for specific food allergies, seeing an Allergist for testing is advised. ...Read more

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I'm breastfeeding and my daughter is allergic to seafood. Is it ok for me to eat seafood?

I'm breastfeeding and my daughter is allergic to seafood. Is it ok for me to eat seafood?

Breast milk &allergy: If the baby is definitely allergic to the seafood you wish to eat (meaning positive skin test and challenge, or recurrent reactions), I would advise that you not eat it. Allergens can be transmitted in milk. If the baby is allergic to shrimp (example), but not to other shellfish or fish, not all fish need to be avoided by mom, only the ones baby clearly has a clinical reaction to. ...Read more

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I f I am  allergic to I odine can I eat seafood?

I f I am  allergic to I odine can I eat seafood?

Seafood iodine aller: Usually you can as the iodine content of seafood is very, very low. But be careful. ...Read more

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Can I go to seafood bistro to eat if allergic to shrimp?

Can I go to seafood bistro to eat if allergic to shrimp?

Office oral challeng: If you think you're allergic to shrimp or any other food for that matter discuss it with your physician or an allergist. Testing is simple - either on the skin or a blood test. Often that's enough to tell you not to eat the suspect food. When uncertain the food may be eaten in the doctor's office where trained medical personnel can assist you if you have an allergic reaction. ...Read more

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How can I be? Allergic to iodine but still be able to? Eat seafood?

Iodine allergy: It is a myth that iodine allergy is related to shellfish allergy. Shell fish can contain high amounts of iodine however, allergy to shrimp is typically due to allergic antibodies formed against a shrimp muscle protein called tropomyosin. ...Read more

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Could I die from eating in a seafood restaurant if allergic to shrimp even if I don't eat it?

Could I die from eating in a seafood restaurant if allergic to shrimp even if I don't eat it?

Yes: You can have a severe allergic reaction to eating food that is even contaminated with or touched by shrimp if you are allergic. This can include death. ...Read more

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Cant eat any seafood because I am allergic, so fish is not an option for protein. Any meal plan ideas?

Cant eat any seafood because I am allergic, so fish is not an option for protein. Any meal plan ideas?

Are You sure?: There aren many seafood allegies, but usually they are not to every fish and shellfish. So details may be important. Besides meat, protein is in eggs, soy and other preparations. ...Read more

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I am allergic to seafood but I can eat tunafish and breaded shrimp can I eat lobster and crab without having an allergic reaction?

Difficult to answer: Seafood includes shellfish and fish. Shellfish includes mollusks and crustaceans. You describe being able to eat a sea dwelling fish (tuna) and a crustacean (shrimp). Therefore you are not allergic to seafood. Lobsters and crabs are crustaceans and share the same allergy inducing protein tropomyosin. It does not appear you are allergic to that or you would have had trouble with shrimp. ...Read more