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Which drugs can help my shellfish allergy?

Which drugs can help my shellfish allergy?

Epinephrine: For severe shellfish allergy, only injectable Epinephrine for reactions is a reliable treatment. Some people with very mild allergies can use antihistamines alone, but everyone should have Epinephrine available. Unfortunately, there are no drugs that will prevent or resolve a food allergy so you can eat the food without risk, although this is an active area of research. ...Read more

Dr. Cynthia Lu
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Shellfish Allergy (Definition)

A shellfish allergy is an exaggerated immune response due to exposure to shellfish protein. The reaction can present with typical symptoms of hives, respiratory symptoms (cough, wheeze, shortness of breath), GI symptoms (abdominal pain, vomiting), swelling, loss of consciousness, and can be fatal. Symptoms typically present within minutes to a couple hours ...Read more


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What's a type 1 shellfish allergy?

What's a type 1 shellfish allergy?

IgE mediated: Allergic reactions that are type I are mediated by the allergic antibody ige. That means they can be diagnosed using a skin or blood test for ige. They are immediate reactions with symptoms occurring within minutes to hours after exposure. Symptoms can be hives, swelling, anaphylaxis, asthma, etc. ...Read more

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How can a shellfish allergy start?

How can a shellfish allergy start?

Anytime: Shellfish allergy can start anytime. Typically this is seen in adults but can be seen in children. Unfortunatley there is no good way to predict who will develop this and when. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a shellfish allergy?

What are the symptoms of a shellfish allergy?

Oral and Stomach: Typically shellfish allergy would cause itching, burning, stinging and/ or swelling of the mouth, tongue, or lips. It may also cause stomach upset such as nausea, vomiting, cramping and possibly diarrhea. In some cases, it may cause a rash, shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, and drop in blood pressure, or in severe cases death. ...Read more

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How long does pain from shellfish allergy last?

How long does pain from shellfish allergy last?

Hours: Not sure one would expect pain from a shellfish allergy reaction. In general, an allergic reaction from a food would last a couple of hours to maybe a day or so, if left untreated. If the reaction is treated them one should expect a quicker resloution. ...Read more

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Do any tests indicate a severe shellfish allergy?

Do any tests indicate a severe shellfish allergy?

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 more

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Shellfish allergy symptoms are usually what kind?

Shellfish allergy symptoms are usually what kind?

Oral, cutaneous: Shellfish reaction typically start with itching and burning of the mouth and throat followed by hives. Severe cases an involve significant tongue swelling, throat closure, and wheezing. ...Read more

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What symptoms indicate a severe shellfish allergy?

What symptoms indicate a severe shellfish allergy?

Multiple symptoms: After exposure to or ingestion of shellfish, you would experience any combination of the following symptoms: shortness of breath, cough, wheeze, chest tightness, vomiting, diarrhea, hives, swelling of the lips/tongue, throat discomfort, etc. ...Read more

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Is it okay to have a shellfish allergy in the navy?

Is it okay to have a shellfish allergy in the navy?

See:: Http://usmilitary. About. Com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/intmedstandards. Htm

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Can you tell me how could a shellfish allergy start?

Can you tell me how could a shellfish allergy start?

Suddenly: Hives, lip swelling, tongue swelling, throat discomfort while or shortly after eating shellfish. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: shellfish allergy?

What is the definition or description of: shellfish allergy?

Shell fish allergy: A shellfish allergy is an exaggerated immune response due to exposure to shellfish protein. The reaction can present with typical symptoms of hives, respiratory symptoms (cough, wheeze, shortness of breath), GI symptoms (abdominal pain, vomiting), swelling, loss of consciousness, and can be fatal. Symptoms typically present within minutes to a couple hours after ingestion or contact. ...Read more

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Can any meds cause a new shellfish allergy in someone who's never had it before?

Possibly contribute: Yes, this is a possibility, particularly with emerging immunomodulating pharmacotherapeutics. ...Read more

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Go on a cruise with a shellfish allergy?

Go on a cruise with a shellfish allergy?

Mgt: I would request some information about the ship's medical services, and services for those traveler's affected by allergies.
Maybe they will serve special meals to ensure there is no shellfish. ...Read more

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Shellfish allergy. Can I eat mussels?

Maybe: Shellfish includes clams, oysters, lobster, crabs, shrimp, mussels, etc.... Some people are allergic to all shellfish. Some are allergic to only specific types and tolerate other shellfish. See an allergist for testing. Don't be foolish and take a chance. ...Read more

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Will calamari trigger a shellfish allergy?

Will calamari trigger a shellfish allergy?

Yes: About 10-15% of people who are shellfish allergic (shrimp, lobster, etc) are also clinically sensitive to mollusks (clams, squid (calamari), octopus). Ask your allergist before introducing mollusks to your diet. ...Read more

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Going to the beach with Shellfish allergy?

Going to the beach with Shellfish allergy?

Do not eat: Shellfish allergy generally applies to eating of shellfish. It is not communicated through the air.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...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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If I have a shellfish allergy, why can I not use iodine?

If I have a shellfish allergy, why can I not use iodine?

Radiocontrast media: People with shellfish allergy are sometimes told they should avoid iodine and radioconstrast media (rcm). This is not true and is a myth. Iodine does not cause allergy. While people who have any allergies may have a slightly higher risk to a reaction to rcm, it is still low. Shellfish allergy does not increase the risk for a reaction. ...Read more

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If I have a shellfish allergy what types of seafood can I eat?

If I have a shellfish allergy what types of seafood can I eat?

Shell less fish: Examples of fish or seafood that you could eat:
tuna,
salmon,
herring,
all other types of fish with scales.

Avoid seafood that has shells or hard cases:
oyster,
clam,
lobster,
shrimp. ...Read more

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What are the common reactions to a shrimp and shellfish allergy?

Several symptoms: The symptoms of shellfish allergy that occur after ingestion include hives, swelling of the lips/tongue, throat discomfort, itching, shortness of breath, cough, vomiting and diarrhea. ...Read more

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Shellfish allergy maybe (once had itching) can I have soft shell and hermit crabs?

Shellfish allergy maybe (once had itching) can I have soft shell and hermit crabs?

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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What's relatinship between iodine and shellfish allergy?

Same thing: Fish and shellfish have a tendency to concentrate iodine in their flesh. If you are allergic to iodine, often you will have a cross reactivity when you consume fish or shellfish. My wife, in fact, has this problem, and while she can eat fish from southern waters, she reacts poorly when she eats halibut caught in alaska. Particularly from the largest/oldest fish. ...Read more

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Does immunotherapy work for a shellfish allergy?

Does immunotherapy work for a shellfish allergy?

NO: I am not awwre of any imunothreapy for shellfish allergy. I recomend consulting an allergist to see what options there are ...Read more

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What does a rash from a shellfish allergy look like?

What does a rash from a shellfish allergy look like?

Hives, usually: Most rash from shellfish allergy looks like hives (urticaria) and/or swelling of the eyes, lips and hands (angioedema). A few people with atopic eczema who are shellfish sensitive might get worsening of their eczema. People who process shellfish (like fishermen or cannery workers) might get an eczema-like rash on their hands and skin where they contact the shellfish. ...Read more

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I got my shellfish allergy from my mom. Should I worry about the other things she's allergic to passing down to me?

May be: There is genetic/familial tendency but not true Mendelian genetic rule, which means you might have allergies in general as any of your parents, but not necessarily that you will inherent the same pattern, be careful though, keep an Epipen (epinephrine) handy, also an antihistaminic ...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