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Dr. Andrew Murphy Dr. Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. John Landi
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Shrimp Allergy (Definition)

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


Dr. Michael Palumbo Dr. Palumbo
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
19 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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Why would my shrimp allergy disappear?

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.

Dr. Lee Perry Dr. Perry
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
13 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Marc Serota Dr. Serota
Dermatology
10 years in practice
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine
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How do I get Rid of my shrimp allergy?

How do I get Rid of my shrimp allergy?

Avoidance: There is no "cure" for food allergies at this time. You should avoid shrimp and other shellfish and carry an epinephrine device. Food desensitization ptotocols have been developed mainly for pranut.

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Dr. Andrew Murphy Dr. Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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Does having a shrimp allergy automatically make you allergic to all shell fish?

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.

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Dr. Andrew Murphy Dr. Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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Should I wear a medical alert bracelet if I have never had anaphylaxis but have shrimp allergy?

Should I wear a medical alert bracelet if I have never had anaphylaxis but have shrimp allergy?

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.

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Dr. Andrew Murphy Dr. Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Andrew Murphy Dr. Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Paul Carter Dr. Carter
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
26 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Qura Rashid Dr. Rashid
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 years in practice
Aga Khan University, Aga Khan Medical College
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What is the definition or description of: Shrimp allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Shrimp allergy?

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.

Dr. Andrew Murphy Dr. Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Do I have a shrimp allergy if my dad has one?

Do I have a shrimp allergy if my dad has one?

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.

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Dr. Paul Carter Dr. Carter
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
26 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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Might have shrimp allergy. Not tested. Can I have lobster bisque or crabcakes?

Might have shrimp allergy. Not tested. Can I have lobster bisque or crabcakes?

Absolutely NOT!: Do not eat any shellfish until after you have been seen by a board certified allergist and told that you are not allergic to shellfish. Doing so may result in severe allergic reaction or death. All shellfish cross react including lobster, crab, shrimp and crayfish.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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My daughter broke out in welts, but tested neg for shrimp allergy. Why?

My daughter broke out in welts, but tested neg for shrimp allergy. Why?

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.

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Dr. Dareen Siri faaaai facaai fisaai Dr. Siri faaaai facaai fisaai
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
17 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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Dr. Brian Novick Dr. Novick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
39 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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What do I have to do to still be able to eat scallops and not get allergic reaction if possible shrimp allergy?

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.

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Dr. Lee Perry Dr. Perry
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
13 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Dareen Siri faaaai facaai fisaai Dr. Siri faaaai facaai fisaai
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
17 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. John Chiu
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