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Shrimp Allergy In Children
Allergy to any food, in this case shrimp will cause symptoms of oral itching, lip or tongue swelling, hives, breathing difficulty and/or throat closure etc. Food allergy is diagnosed with clinical history followed by skin or blood test and that information helps establish the diagnosis and ...Read more
Might not have: Adverse reactions to a food can often be mistaken for a food allergy. Undercooked or spoiled shellfish can often cause an adverse reaction that gets mistaken for a food allergy. You should get tested including a food challenge to correctly diagnose if you do or do not have an allergy to shrimp. ...Read more
Skin or blood test: There are good tests available for shrimp allergy--i would recommend seeing an allergist to get skin tested to shrimp and other shellfish. Depending on the results, you may also need blood testing. ...Read more
Yes: Touching the shrimp can cause local symptoms like itching or a hive where you touched the shrimp. You aren't likely to have systemic symptoms like you would if you ate it, unless you put your finger into your mouth after touching the shrimp. In general, it takes ingestion of the food to cause anaphylaxis. ...Read more
Food allergy: Allergy to any food, in this case shrimp will cause symptoms of oral itching, lip or tongue swelling, hives, breathing difficulty and/or throat closure etc. Food allergy is diagnosed with clinical history followed by skin or blood test and that information helps establish the diagnosis and severity of the allergy. ...Read more
Seafood allergy: Epinephrine auto injector such as Epipen (epinephrine) Adrenaclick or auvi-q, at least 2. Anti-histamines for skin reactions. Any rescue medications if you have underlying asthma. All medications you are taking regularly. A medic alert bracelet or anaphylaxis action plan describing the allergy/ treatment. Emergency contact info. If traveling abroad, cards with images or words about food restrictions. ...Read more
Not inherited: You don't inherit food allergies like you would eye color or other gene based features. You can inherit a tendency to allergies, which does have a genetic component. To become allergic to any food your body must first be exposed to it and have a quirky response to it at future times, but generally not at the initial encounter. ...Read more
Caution: The allergen for shrimp allergy is a muscle protein. It is a common allergen in all the shellfish. Given that shellfish allergy can kill, one should be very prudent and cautious about this allergy. A safe general recommendation is if allergic to one shellfish one should avoid all shellfish. ...Read more
Yes: Shrimp allergy is a potentially life threatening allergic reactions to shrimp. The evaluation of food allergy requires a detailed history to confirm the reaction and confirmatory skin test / lab test and possible oral challenges. If one has a history of reacting to shrimp (or any food) and this is confirmed by an allergy evaluation and testing then tx includes: avoidance, Epipen (epinephrine) and medic alert. ...Read more
Depends: Not all "tests" are 100% reliable in predicting future issues with an item but due rule out some of the more worrisome reactions. Your "shrimp" exposure may not have been only shrimp. These are often prepared with a variety of spices (shrimp boil) all of which can separately trigger an allergic response. ...Read more
Ate shrimp for dinner and the next morning my face was swollen. Does this sound like a shrimp allergy?
Shrimp allergy: It is possible. I recommend you get blood or skin test to see if you have a true allergy. ...Read more
What do I have to do to still be able to eat scallops and not get allergic reaction if possible shrimp allergy?
See an allergist: For specific testing to scallops. They are not exactly in the same food family as shrimp. So you may be allergic to shrimp but not scallops. ...Read more
heartburn-sign of shrimp allergy? Ate piece of fried shrimp&ended up with very severe heartburn that antacids didn't help fried foods don't bug me
I was messing with my epipen that I have for shrimp allergy and I pushed the black button on the bottom and it made my finger swell up and started bleedng a little bit and it left a tiny mark that looks like I stuck a needle in it. Will I be ok?
You should be okay..: ...as long as you get a new Epipen (epinephrine). Without knowing for sure that it will activate when you need it and that the proper dose will be administered, it might not work next time. Keep an eye on that finger tip. Epinephrine causes blood vessels to tighten up, reducing blood flow. This would also be a good time for you to review the proper use of your Epipen (epinephrine). ...Read more
Shrimp allergy? Ate some & within minutes my lips were bright red my face red and a rash on cheeks also lips numb. Will it get worse, I rarely eat it?
It's possible: It is possible that you could have developed a shrimp allergy later in life, although this is not common. The lip swelling/numbness and face flushing/rash seems to be a give-away, especially immediately after eating it. Of course, you could be responding to any other ingredient in the dish, as well. Take antihistamine now, as it could get worse. (your reaction in the future could worsen as well!). ...Read more
How do I get rid of my shrimp allergy every time I eat it my throat and lips become swollen and itchy for few minutes when I stop eating?
Don't: Don, t test yourself with shellfish anymore! You are potentially putting your life in danger everytime you eat it. See an allergist and determine what you are allergic to and get a Epinephrine auto injector to carry around. For the time being there is no cure for shellfish allergy. ...Read more
Is there a way to prevent adult onset of food allergies? I want to do a DIY desensitization for this mild shrimp allergy I'm developing. What would you recommend? Thanks.
No proven way: Becoming allergic food is based on a combination of genes (epigenes) and the exposure -there is no proven way to avoid the development However there is some evidence that regular use of acid suppressor may increase the risk in developing food allergies. There is no FDA approved desensitization treatment but studies have shown some success. Discuss with your allergist re. Your options ...Read more
Various ways: The most common symptoms of food allergy including those to shrimp are hives/swelling [lip, tongue], and gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting/abdominal pain/diarrhea). If more than one system is involved (gi, lungs, skin, etc) it is called anaphylaxis. Shrimp allergy can be long term and serious. It typically presents in adults compared to children. ...Read more
I never had allergies before, however, as I grew up, I started to get allergic reactions against sea food such a raw shrimp, is this normal?
Possible: Though I would hesitate to say normal, I do believe that you can develop a sensitivity to a given substance (allergen) over a period of time such that the first few times that you are exposed to the substance nothing happens but one day your immune system has the right cues to recognize it as a foreign substance and will try to eliminate it by mounting an allergic response. Histamine releases etc. ...Read more
Yes: Food allergy can be as mild as an itchy mouth or as severe as anaphylaxis which can result in death. For those with severe food allergy, it is important to always carry an auto-injector of Epinephrine like epi-pen or twinject. Eczema or atopic dermatitis can also be caused by food allergy. This type of allergy is not necessarily associated with an immediate type of reaction as above. ...Read more
Long, long time: Shrimp allergies tend to persist compared to other food allergies. Even when cooked, the major shrimp allergen is resistant to heat. Shrimp (and other shellfish) are more likely to cause severe allergic reactions like anaphylaxis. The major shrimp allergen called tropomyosin (in the meat/muscle) can cross react with house dust mite. The reaction has nothing to do with iodine. ...Read more
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