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Can you tell me about having seafood allergies?

Can you tell me about having seafood allergies?

Avoid it: The symptoms of food allergies can be quite varied from hives and itching, to swelling, trouble breathing, throat swelling, coughing, wheezing, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea and shock. The way to manage food allergies is avoidance.Most people with food allergies should have an epinephrine autoinjector for emergencies. See an allergist to determine what you are allergic to and how to manage it ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Can people with seafood allergies eat seaweed ?

Can people with seafood allergies eat seaweed
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Possibly, but...: Seafood allergies generally fall into two categories: allergy to shellfish and allergy to other seafoods. If it is a severe allergy, more ikely with shellfish, you probably should avoid seaweed. But allergies are very individual and unique from person to person. Have an allergist take a very careful history and do testing. ...Read more

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Can you eat food made with seaweed if you have seafood allergies?

Can you eat food made with seaweed if you have seafood allergies?

Probably: Seaweeds are plants. Seafood includes only animals. Start with a small bite and wait a couple of days to see if you are ok. ...Read more

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Can somebody with a seafood allergy eat hoisin sauce and still be fine?

Can somebody with a seafood allergy eat hoisin sauce and still be fine?

Sure: Even though the name derives from a Chinese word for seafood, there is no seafood in it. Read the label but it is usually just soy, red chiles, garlic and vinegar. ...Read more

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What medicine can help someone with a meat and seafood allergy?

What medicine can help someone with a meat and seafood allergy?

Best - don't eat: At this time, if you are truly allergic, the best thing would ber to void eating them. There is no medication that will completely prevent reactions and it also depends on what kind of reactions you have. As for seafood, are you allergic both to fish and crustaceans? If you haven't seen a board-certified allergist/immunologist you should. If no allergy is documented, you may have a G-I problem. ...Read more

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Hi docs, do you think it's at all possible to join the military if you have a nut/seafood allergy?

Hi docs, do you think it's at all possible to join the military if you have a nut/seafood allergy?

YES: I don't think there should be any reason why you cant. they should have online what the medical restrictions are. ...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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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 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

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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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Is my allergic reaction after exercising after seafood because of the exercise or seafood allergy?

Is my allergic reaction after exercising after seafood because of the exercise or seafood allergy?

Exercise induced: Food associated anaphylaxis is uncommon, but can happen. Wheat and shrimp are the most common culprits. Patients can eat the food without exercising, or exercise without eating the food and be fine. Be very careful to not eat shrimp within 4 hours of exercise and i would suggest not at all on exercise days. You should also see an allergist and have an Epipen (epinephrine) available. ...Read more

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How to cure 18 mos baby from chicken and seafood allergy?

How to cure 18 mos baby from chicken and seafood allergy?

Avoidance: For now, assessment by an allergist is important, to make sure it is real allergy to seafood or chicken or just the additives, epinephrine injectin plus oral antihistamines should be kept handy, your doctor would prescribe the dosage for your child, goodluck ...Read more

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What does seafood allergy really mean, since shrimp, clams, crabs, and squid are all different?

What does seafood allergy really mean, since shrimp, clams, crabs, and squid are all different?

Great question: Better to be specific. Shellfish = “crustaceans” (lobsters, "crayfish", prawns, crabs and shrimp) and “molluscs, ” [abalone, oysters, mussels, and squid (calamari)]. Other fish allergies are to “scaly” and “bony” fish, such as cod, haddock, herring, sprat, halibut, mackerel, trout and salmon. Hard to differentiate when they are cooked together! ...Read more

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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

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As for chitosan being used as a hemostatic derived commercially from shrimp chitin, does it have the potential to aggrevate seafood allergies?

As for chitosan being used as a hemostatic derived commercially from shrimp chitin, does it have the potential to aggrevate seafood allergies?

Chitosan: Chitosan reportedly comes from the shell of shell fish i t is the meat of the shellfish which causes the allergy so chiosan should be okay to use. ...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 ...Read more

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I have a seafood allergy and I was prescribed citra natal assure. I was told I should have no problem with the DHA because there is no fish oil in this. Is that correct? I have a very sensitive stomach....if I cannot tolerate these what would be a good ov

I have a seafood allergy and I was prescribed citra natal assure. I was told I should have no problem with the DHA because there is no fish oil in this. Is that correct? I have a very sensitive stomach....if I cannot tolerate these what would be a good ov

Ok: Even if you were allergic to fish, fish oil rarely if ever causes problem since there is practically no fish protein present in the oil from reputable manufacturers. If DHA is free of fish protein, then the chances of reaction would be nil at least from an allergic point of view. Whether you can tolerate anything is another issue. ...Read more