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Is it safe for a person with seafood allergies to swim in the ocean or go to the beach?

Is it safe for a person with seafood allergies to swim in the ocean or go to the beach?

Yes: Most people with seafood allergies are truly allergic to proteins in seafood. However, exposure to these proteins in ocean water and at the beach is so minimal, that the vast majority of seafood allergic patients have no reaction to them. Contrary to a popular misconception, seafood allergy is not due to iodine, and does not cause an increased risk of reaction to dyes used for x-rays and ct scans. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

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Is it safe to swim in the ocean if you have a fish allergy?

Is it safe to swim in the ocean if you have a fish allergy?

Yes: A reaction to fish is more likely to occur either after eating fish or inhaling the steam from cooking fish. It is the fish meat that contains the protein (usually parvalbumin) that triggers allergies. ...Read more

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Could people with seafood allergy swim in the ocean?

Could people with seafood allergy swim in the ocean?

Enjoy your swim: Sensible people always swim with a partner, you can bring your medication just as you would if you were going to dine out, and if you start getting sick, do what you must. I've never heard of this being a problem. ...Read more

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Can someone with a severe seafood allergy swim in the ocean?

Can someone with a severe seafood allergy swim in the ocean?

Yes: The risk of an allergic reaction is typically with ingestion of the seafood or inhalation of steam from cooked seafood. There will not be enough protein exposure in the seawater to cause a reaction. ...Read more

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Do people with fish allergies react to the ocean?

Do people with fish allergies react to the ocean?

Ocean allergy: The answer is no! Fish allergy is due to a reaction to a protein in the fish itself. Some people with severe fish allergy will react even to airborne fish allergen if it is being cooked near them. Sea-bathers eruption is a rash that is caused by swimming in an area which has tiny jelly-fish larvae that have stinging cells called nematocysts, not from fish allergy. ...Read more

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Could it be unsafe to buy seafood right now because of the fukushima radiation in the pacific ocean?

Could it be unsafe to buy seafood right now because of the fukushima radiation in the pacific ocean?

Highly unlikely: Except for some bottom dwellers directly off the coast of Japan, fish caught in the pacific do not have higher levels of radiation. The level of radioactive cesium from Fukushima, is hundreds of times lower than the levels of naturally occurring radiosotopes (Polonium) in seafood. ...Read more

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I have painful rash when I go in the ocean. Could this be an allergy?

I have painful rash when I go in the ocean. Could this be an allergy?

Could be: Allergic rashes usually itch but do not hurt. You don't tell me whether the rash develops jwhile on the beach, or while in the water or when you are drying after getting out of the water. There is urticaria (welts) that is caused by exposure to water, cold or the sun. In order to sort things out, see a board certified allergist/immunologist. Lucky for you, there are several in SLC. ...Read more

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Is living near the ocean an appropriate treatment for allergies?

Is living near the ocean an appropriate treatment for allergies?

Likely not: By saying allergies I suppose you mean hay fevers like symptoms consistent with allergic rhino-conjunctivitis due to environmental allergies. If so, it is unlikely to be helpful. On the contrary, living in the mountainous and dry area might help because the air is dry and there are not as many allergens. In fact in the old day, allergic asthmatic patients have to go to there so they have less sx. ...Read more

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Moving to a humid part of the country near the ocean. Today is 91% humidity. Have conflicting reports of humidity if good/bad for allergies and colds?

Moving to a humid part of the country near the ocean. Today is 91% humidity. Have conflicting reports of humidity if good/bad for allergies and colds?

Depends: On the cause of allergy, the allergen itself, is it indoors or outdoors, dust mites, thrive in humidity, their source of water, so using a dehumidifier as A/C helps a great deal people who have dust mite allergies, also damp areas hurt patients with mold allergy, pollen allergens vary, that's why the general advice is to be in a temperate dry environment, check aaaai. Org for an allergist ...Read more

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Could allergies become worse near the ocean?

Possibly: You could be allergic to an environmental component inherent to the ocean and its proximal areas. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Ocean allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Ocean allergy?

Ocean allergy: Ocean Nasal Spray is sodium chloride - intranasal spray. I am not sure that there are any actual allergies for this. For more info see: http://www. Medicinenet. Com/sodium_chloride-nasal_spray/article. Htm ...Read more

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My sister 29 new shellfish allergy severe gives with only contact worse with ingestion is it possible to have a reaction if swimming in the ocean?

My sister 29 new shellfish allergy severe gives with only contact worse with ingestion is it possible to have a reaction if swimming in the ocean?

No mostly: Most of times fish run away, also its one shrimp in the ocean causes the problem. Try swimming and have epipen (epinephrine) on hand, doubt you wonld need it ...Read more

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What to do about dry nasal passages? I have used nasal sprain walgreens ocean spray and still dry for a month off and on. I do have indoor allergies.

What to do about dry nasal passages? I have used nasal sprain walgreens ocean spray and still dry for a month off and on. I do have indoor allergies.

Try the following: You can apply vaseline on a qtip to the inside of the nose a couple of time a day. If that does not work, try ponaris (its available online if you can't find over the counter) it is pretty potent and works well when other ointments don't work. The best way to apply it is also with a qtip. ...Read more

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How far from the ocean can fish and shellfish travel without turning bad?

How far from the ocean can fish and shellfish travel without turning bad?

Keep cold or freeze: To keep seafood fresh it must be kept cold or frozen. The distance traveled is not as concerning as the temperature it is stored in. Pack fish on ice or freeze as soon as caught and keep very cold until cooking it. Keeping the seafood cold until it enhances flavor and minimizes chance of spoilage. Seafood should be cooked before being eaten. ...Read more

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Do I understand this correctly : I have a seafood allergy, however it is safe for me to eat ground flax seed?

Do I understand this correctly : I have a seafood allergy, however it is safe for me to eat ground flax seed?

Not related: One can have a seafood allergy and have no problems with flax seeds, or one can have a seafood allergy and have a separate allergy to flax seeds. Flax if grown on a farm, and is not related to seafood. Also, a person with seafood allergy should actually say what kind of seafood, because many many things live in the sea (seaweed, shrimp, scallops, fish, squid, etc...). ...Read more

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With protein in my urine, do I have to eat less protein? If yes I should not eat ocean fish, in which case I have to supplement with Omega-3 fish oil?

With protein in my urine, do I have to eat less protein? If yes I should not eat ocean fish, in which case I have to supplement with Omega-3 fish oil?

None of the above.: Protein in urine has a multitude of causes and can vary from small amounts to truly large amounts. Treatment of your proteinuria should be directed at the cause of the proteinuria not the proteinuria per se. Protein intake may be modified depending upon your condition but this is not generally required. You should not change your protein intake without discussing with your doc. ...Read more

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I have a mild fish allergy. Would it be safe for me to take krill oil? Should I be worried about fish contaminants? I am not allergic to shell fish.

I have a mild fish allergy. Would it be safe for me to take krill oil? Should I be worried about fish contaminants? I am not allergic to shell fish.

See an allergist: Not sure what a mild allergy is, you can either develop an allergic reaction from fish or not and you should not risk an anaphylactic reaction if you are truly allergic. Best is to consult an allergist for proper advice about your fish allergy. ...Read more

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Each time my child goes to the beach if any sand touches her skin breaks out in hives, could this relate to her severe seafood allergy?

Each time my child goes to the beach if any sand touches her skin breaks out in hives, could this relate to her severe seafood allergy?

Most likely: The sand itself shouldn't cause any problems but the stuff in the sand ie parts of sea critters can definitely cause problems
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Can you tell me is it safe to take fish oil with a shellfish allergy?

Can you tell me is it safe to take fish oil with a shellfish allergy?

Possible: It is possible that people with allergies to seafood may develop an allergic reaction to fish oil. A general recommendation in such setting and depending on the type of reaction would be to either avoid or use fish oil supplements cautiously. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have multiple drug allergies, negative for food allergies. I've become paranoid eating foods known for allergies, tho. Am I safe eating nuts, fish?

I have multiple drug allergies, negative for food allergies. I've become paranoid eating foods known for allergies, tho. Am I safe eating nuts, fish?

If you have...: ...Never shown signs of food allergies, then eat what you want (within the bounds of good, healthy eating) and stop worrying about it. You can develop an allergy...Or not...Anytime. So stop worrying; if you develop an allergy then deal with it, and in the meantime enjoy life to the fullest. ...Read more

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Fish allergy looking for a reliable source of Omega-3 and/or a safe brand to take. Afraid to a reaction to an unreliable brand.

Fish allergy looking for a reliable source of Omega-3 and/or a safe brand to take. Afraid to a reaction to an unreliable brand.

Omega 3: Try a non fish source. What indication are you relying on as there is no data to support such supplementation in healthy adults ...Read more

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My daughter has severe allergies to milk, fish, and peanut. Her allergist thinks she's a good candidate for peanut desensitization. Is this safe?

My daughter has severe allergies to milk, fish, and peanut. Her allergist thinks she's a good candidate for peanut desensitization. Is this safe?

Possible: Peanut desensitization is an emerging option for pt with peanut allergy. However, this is still in the investigational stage and not all patient are candidates. If one is interested in this treatment option, I would strongly encourage speaking with an academic center that is actively researching this area. ...Read more

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Can a rash from getting a seafood allergy be painful?

No: The rash that one would get from a shellfish allergy should not be painful. It can be itchy and uncomfortable but not painful. ...Read more

Dr. Alexander Gorup
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Ocean (Definition)

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