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Seafood Allergy Rash
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
Varies: Allergic reactions varies with individuals.Some can consume cashews, while to others they are toxic.Reactions can be mild or severe. Mild reactions include nausea , vomiting, diarrhea. Skin rash and itching on the skin.The eyes , roof of mouth and throat may itch.Severe reactions include difficulty breathing, swelling to face and throat.The most dangerous is anaphylaxis.This can be fatal ...Read more
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
Yes: Lobster is related to shrimp and crab. Each of these is a common cause of life threatening allergy. If you are having symptoms after eating any of these you should be evaluated by a board certified allergist. Do no eat any shellfish until you have been cleared. ...Read more
Poison oak: Some people appear to be immune, others become immune. However, you can gain or lose immunity, so to assume you can't get it if you never have before is foolish. People change as they age. I would never assume that i was immune at any time no matter what my past experience was. ...Read more
What is the best allergy medication for seasonal allergies like pollen, dust, ragweed, hay fever, dogs, cats, hamsters etc?
There are a few: Not one medicine is better than another....Everyone's system is different...Some people get better with allegra..Others with zyrtec..Others with Claritin or even benadryl (diphenhydramine). These are now over-the-counter...Try some and read the labels. If you don't feel better, see a board certified allergist (www.Acaai.Org). Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
possibly: The distribution pattern for eczema is fairly predictable, while "ring worm" which is a superficial fungus infection can occur anywhere on the body including scalp, beard, trunk, groin, foot. Both rashes can be itchy, but eczema is really itchy. Eczema responds well to cortisone creams/ointments, while cortisone can potentially worsen ringworm. Doc can scrape the lesion and culture for fungus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you are sensitive: If you are sensitive to the proteins in these foods, your body makes antibodies that recognize them and set off an allergic reaction. Most foods have the potential of causing allergies, but a few are more likely and shellfish are among the 8 most common food allergens. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Can Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help a swelling and hive reaction (itching) allergic reaction to penicillin?
Depends: on the reaction, if just hives and itching, yes benadryl (diphenhydramine) can control it in the right dosage, after discontinuing the offending drug, but if more severe symptoms/swelling you need medical attention with the possible addition of epinephrine and probably steroids, ...Read more
Allergy testing: Only physicians trained in the specialty of allergy, asthma ; immunology are trained in a monitored situation during residency to perform skin testing for ige-mediated allergy. Some ENT programs are adding this to their training. If you were skin tested by a non-specialist, consult a specialist, if you were skin tested by an allergist, it is likely that you are unusally allergic. ...Read more
4 mo boy exclusive breastfeeding. Has rashes on face every time when mom eats prawns or shell seafood. Allergy? Coincidence?
No: Since breast milk does deliver some food allergens consumed by the mother, it is not a coincidence if this happens every time you ate shellfish. I would suggest that you avoid shellfish or discontinue breastfeeding. At age 4 months, it is also time to introduce table foods (no shellfish) to the child's diet since this may actually reduce the risk of developing yet more food allergies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rash all over body. Ate seafood, some for first time in Vancouver, BC, Canada , from Calgary,AB, Canada. No allergies. No fever. No nausea. Recommend?
Antihistaminic: OTC to help control your symptoms for now, if no improvement or condition worsens, please go to ER or urgent care, avoid all sea food for now, also if you ate in a restaurant ask about any seasonings they might have added, keep a diary of what you ate, and fix an appointment with an allergist to sort it out, good luck ...Read more
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
Get tested: Get tested for lots of shellfish and fish. You may be negative to seafood items you like and are afraid to eat. Then bring a sample of food you want to eat to the allergist's office and have a challenge to be sure it's safe to eat it. Be sure to mention your allergy to any restaurant where you eat, and carry your epipen (epinephrine). A cooking spoon may cross-contaminate a dish, so safest place to eat is home. ...Read more
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
If you have an allergy to fish does is increase your chances of having an allergy to shellfish or other seafoods?
Maybe a little: From an evolutionary point-of-view fish are closer to us than they are to crustaceans or mollusks. They share few similar proteins and so few similar allergens. Usually allergy to fish doe not mean allergy to shellfish. A few unfortunate people however are allergic to lots of foods. Hope that's not you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can I have developed an allergy to shrimp or is the seasoning the culprit? I have eaten seafood all my life including shrimp. I recently had some shrimp that i had an allergic reaction to. I beleive it was the seasoning i may have been allergic to.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Hoisin sauce does not contain seafood.Get a more detailed answer ›
Not necessarily: but better be cautious, sea food mix would contain shellfish, also shellfish might be cooked in the same pan and contaminates other fish meat, please see an allergist for testing and follow up, meanwhile keep an Epipen (epinephrine) and antihistaminic tablets handy for any accidental exposure, good luck ...Read more
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
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
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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