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Can people with shellfish allergies eat imitation crab and be okay?

Can people with shellfish allergies eat imitation crab and be okay?

Probably: It's important to read food labels when dealing with food allergies. Typically imitation crab is fish with artificial flavor and color. Be sure to read label just to make sure. ...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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Shellfish allergy. Can I eat mussels?

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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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 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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Is it possible that my shellfish allergy is on and off? There are times when I eat mussels that I have g.I disturbances but there are times im okay.

Is it possible that my shellfish allergy is on and off? There are times when I eat mussels that I have g.I disturbances but there are times im okay.

Shellfish: This is not an allergy. A shellfish allergy is consistent and repeated exposure can lead to progressive and life threatening reactions. You need to consult an allergist to have your definite answer, you need to be tested. ...Read more

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I have a shellfish allergy. But recently I've noticed when I eat desserts or fruits I have similar symptoms as the shellfish allergy. What is it?

I have a shellfish allergy. But recently I've noticed when I eat desserts or fruits I have similar symptoms as the shellfish allergy. What is it?

Depends: What are the symptoms of shellfish allergy. It does not sound like full-blown anaphylaxis with the deserts (or you are remarkably cavalier). Oral itching or even swelling can occur with nuts or fruits contained in the deserts. If these are the only symptoms, could be oral allergy syndrome (or pollen-food syndrome). Allergens usually labile so as not to produce "full-blown" food allergy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is it okay to eat vegetarian/vegan seafood if you have a shellfish allergy?

Can you tell me is it okay to eat vegetarian/vegan seafood if you have a shellfish allergy?

Vegetarian/vegan: Seafood should contain no shellfish. It would be made with plant ingredients made to mimic the taste of shellfish. Therefore, if it is purely vegetarian or vegan it should be fine. Of course, you should always check or ask about the ingredients and about whether the preparation facility also processes seafood and could, therefore, cause cross contamination. ...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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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

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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?

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

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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