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What are the symptoms of a shrimp allergy?

What are the symptoms of a shrimp allergy?

Multiple: Allergy to shrimp, or any food, is usually characterized by significant symptoms within 30-90 minutes of eating the food--these symptoms may include hives, swelling of the lips/tongue, shortness of breath, cough, wheezing, vomiting or diarrhea. ...Read more

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What is considered a shrimp allergy?

What is considered a shrimp allergy?

Symptoms: Food allergy reactions include: runny nose, itchiness, rash, hives, lip/tongue/throat swelling, trouble talking, swallowing or breathing, asthma, belly pain, throwing up, passing out and rarely death. ...Read more

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What can be done for a shrimp allergy?

What can be done for a shrimp allergy?

Avoidance: Shrimp allergy is potentially a life threatening reaction to shrimp. The current treatment for shrimp allergy is avoidance and making sure one has an injectable Epinephrine available at all times. ...Read more

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Why would my shrimp allergy disappear?

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

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How can I get tested for a shrimp allergy?

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

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Can I have a shrimp allergy just by touching it?

Can I have a shrimp allergy just by touching it?

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

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What things to take with me if traveling with a shrimp allergy?

What things to take with me if traveling with a shrimp allergy?

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

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Is there a cure for shrimp allergy ?

Is there a cure for shrimp allergy ?

No: At this time, the best practice for shrimp allergy is strict avoidance and having an anaphylaxis treatment plan and epi available for use if needed. ...Read more

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What causes crab allergies? Shrimp allergy?

Muscle protein: The allergen in shrimp and crab is probably a common allergen called tropomyosin which is a muscle protein. ...Read more