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Shellfish Allergy Treatment
Has anyone become immuned to having a shellfish allergy after doing allergy shots? Is that treatment available?
Essentially allergies occur when your immune system goes crazy and decides to has to fight against things it should be ignoring. The immune system of people without allergies simply ignores the pollen in the air or the dander on their cat while an allergic person's immune system creates cells to fight against the pollen or dander. The allergic reaction causes the ...Read more
Shellfish & Iodine : Shellfish allergy is a sensitivity to one ir more proteins. Iodine is an element and not large enough to be an allergen. Shellfish allergy and radiocontrast media (rcm) sensitivity have nothing to do with each other, "old wives tale". Rcm sensitivity is due to the hyper-osmolarity of the rcm's effect on basiphiic mediator release. Neither related to thyroid medication intolerance, . ...Read more
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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cod liver oil okay to take? I have a shellfish allergy. Also double q. Are probiotics good for fungus on tongue or yeast overgrowth in stomach?
Cod liver oil OK: There are 5 main groups of seafood: bony fish (cod), crustaceans (shrimp), bivalves (clam), cephalopods (squid), gastropods (squid). There is cross-reactivity within each group but rarely between groups, so cod is ok with shellfish allergy. Probiotics are healthy but have minimal effect on mouth fungus (thrush). Most experts feel stomach fungal/yeast overgrowth doesn't exist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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