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Possible salmon allergy? Does it apply to all fish?

Possible salmon allergy? Does it apply to all fish?

Generally not: Allergies to both fish and shellfish are most often very specific; you can be allergic to one species and not to any others. If the allergy is mild (e.g., a little itching in the mouth when you eat it), you can safely (but cautiously) try other fish. But if you had a serious or life-threatening reaction to one kind of fish or shellfish, it is best to get tested by an allergist before trying others. ...Read more

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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


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Possible salmon allergy? Does it apply to all fish?

Generally not: Allergies to both fish and shellfish are most often very specific; you can be allergic to one species and not to any others. If the allergy is mild (e.g., a little itching in the mouth when you eat it), you can safely (but cautiously) try other fish. But if you had a serious or life-threatening reaction to one kind of fish or shellfish, it is best to get tested by an allergist before trying others. ...Read more

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How serious can nut and salmon allergies be? If I have these foods and then brush my teeth, is it possible for me to kiss a guy with these allergies?

How serious can nut and salmon allergies be? If I have these foods and then brush my teeth, is it possible for me to kiss a guy with these allergies?

Food allergies: Some people are extremely sensitive and even being in the same room with these foods can trigger allergic reactions. Talk to,the guy and ask how sensitive he is. But for the most part it would be safe to refrain from eating these food when you are with him. ...Read more

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I want to see if I have a childhood allergy to salmon still. I had golf ball sized welts. Not sure how to test to see if I am still allergic. Ideas?

I want to see if I have a childhood allergy to salmon still. I had golf ball sized welts. Not sure how to test to see if I am still allergic. Ideas?

IgE testing: You can ask your doctor to order an IgE blood test for salmon. This may give you some information on how your immune system may react to salmon. I would recommend you also meet with an allergist. ...Read more

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My stomach hurts when I have shrimp and salmon. Is this an allergy?

My stomach hurts when I have shrimp and salmon. Is this an allergy?

It is possible: Food allergies can have symptoms of abdominal pain but also frequently have itching, hives and diarrhea. Shrimp is a crustacean while salmon is a finned fish with no cross reactivity between the two. A board certified allergist can perform testing with challenge to confirm or rule out an allergy to both of these. ...Read more

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What is allergy tablets do?

What is allergy tablets do?

Allergy tablets: Most allergy tablets are medications that fall into the category of antihistamines that block the effect of histamine. This treats symptoms such as sneezing, itching, runny nose, etc. Sometimes antihistamines are combined with decongestants to help with stuffy nose. Studies are evaluating "allergy tablets" that may work similar to allergy shots where the tablet contains the pollen, etc. ...Read more

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How can I reduce allergies?

How can I reduce allergies?

Lots of Options: OTC non-sedating antihistamines like Allegra, Claritin, (loratadine) or Zyrtec are helpful for perennial allergic rhinitis symptoms, however the gold-standard treatment are daily intranasal steroid sprays if your symptoms are more severe. Avoidance of triggers is important as well and allergy shots are also an option. Saline sprays are useful but will not provide lasting relief used alone. See Allergist. ...Read more

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How to cope with allergies?

How to cope with allergies?

Lots of Options: Over-the-counter non-sedating antihistamines like Allegra, Claritin, or Zyrtec are helpful for perennial allergic rhinitis symptoms, however the gold-standard treatment are daily intranasal steroid sprays like Flonase or Nasonex (mometasone) if your symptoms are more severe. Avoidance of triggers is important. Allergy shots also option. See Allergist to determine what medications could give you lasting relief. ...Read more