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Doctor insights on: Signs Of Allergic Reaction To Shrimp

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Can someone have an allergic reaction to shrimp cooking?

Yes: Any one can have food allergies. In fact sea food allergies are the one of the commonest food allergies. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Is it normal to have a mild allergic reaction to shrimp if you haven't had it in a long time?

Is it normal to have a mild allergic reaction to shrimp if you haven't had it in a long time?

Only if allergic now: Seafood allergy can present at any time even after having tolerated the seafood many times before. Even after a long interval of not eating a particular food, it should be well tolerated unless that person has developed a new allergy. The initial reaction of a food allergy can be mild or severe and life threatening. An allergist can perform skin tests to assess if a shrimp allergy has occurred. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an allergic reaction to shrimp if you are just near by when someone else is eating shrimp?

Is it possible to have an allergic reaction to shrimp if you are just near by when someone else is eating shrimp?

Yes, its possible: Aerosolized allergens has been mostly discussed in the literature with peanut allergy, but it can occur with other food allergens as well. Most importantly, if you think you are allergic to shrimp or other shellfish, see an allergist to be tested. ...Read more

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Can u developed an allergic reaction to shrimp? I've never been allergic to seafood. I had red/itchy bumps on my face.

Can u developed an allergic reaction to shrimp? I've never been allergic to seafood. I had red/itchy bumps on my face.

Yes: Yes, shrimp and other shellfish allergy can develop in adults and is actually quite common. If the red itchy bumps are appearing soon after ingesting shrimp defiantly could be allergy. Avoid shellfish for now and see allergist for confirmatory testing. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get an allergic reaction from undercooked shrimp?

Is it possible to get an allergic reaction from undercooked shrimp?

Yes: While most shrimp allergy occurs whether cooked or not, sometimes foods are more allergenic if raw or partially cooked. ...Read more

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If I have an allergic reaction only to undercooked shrimp, wouldn't I just be allergic to shrimp all the time?

If I have an allergic reaction only to undercooked shrimp, wouldn't I just be allergic to shrimp all the time?

Shrimp allergy: Many foods have multiple allergens some of which may be destroyed by cooking. Most of time people react to cooked shrimp but it is possible to only be allergic to the protein which are destroyed by cooking. However over time you could develop allergy to cooked shrimp as well. ...Read more

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What to do if I have allergic reaction if I do exercise after eating shrimps?

Exercise induced: Food associated anaphylaxis is uncommon, but can happen. Wheat and shrimp are the most common culprits. Patients can eat the food without exercising, or exercise without eating the food and be fine. Be very careful to not eat shrimp within 4 hours of exercise and I would suggest not at all on exercise days. You should also see an allergist and have an Epipen (epinephrine) available. ...Read more

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Can I have developed an allergy to shrimp or is the seasoning the culprit? I have eaten seafood all my life including shrimp. I recently had some shrimp that I had an allergic reaction to. I beleive it was the seasoning I may have been allergic to.

Can I have developed an allergy to shrimp or is the seasoning the culprit? I have eaten seafood all my life including shrimp. I recently had some shrimp that I had an allergic reaction to. I beleive it was the seasoning I may have been allergic to.

Based: Based on your history of eating shrimp it is more likely the seasoning is the culprit. One other possibility is that the shrimp was spoiled. The only way to determine if you have a true allergy is to have a sensitivity test performed. ...Read more

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I have allergic reaction if I do exercise after eating shrimps. How to prevent this?

I have allergic reaction if I do exercise after eating shrimps. How to prevent this?

Food allergy: If the history is persistent that you have difficulty breathing 2-4 hours after eating shrimp and exercise, you might have exercise induced food anaphylaxis syndrome. Try to avoid shrimp and avoiding exercising within 4 hours after having a meal. You should have a work out buddy in case you develop anaphylaxis during exercise. Carry an Epinephrine autoinjector at all time and see a specialist. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I am allergic to seafood but I can eat tunafish and breaded shrimp can I eat lobster and crab without having an allergic reaction?

I am allergic to seafood but I can eat tunafish and breaded shrimp can I eat lobster and crab without having an allergic reaction?

Difficult to answer: Seafood includes shellfish and fish. Shellfish includes mollusks and crustaceans. You describe being able to eat a sea dwelling fish (tuna) and a crustacean (shrimp). Therefore you are not allergic to seafood. Lobsters and crabs are crustaceans and share the same allergy inducing protein tropomyosin. It does not appear you are allergic to that or you would have had trouble with shrimp. ...Read more

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When I eat lobster, crab, & shrimp my stomach starts to bubble and makes my stomach feel full. So I have to throw up is that an allergic reaction?

Check with your doc: Blood testing for allergies has become much more accurate. Check with your doc if you should have some screening. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I have allergies to chicken and shrimps for the past 7 yrs. But when I was young, I was able to eat them. How c0me I have late allergc rxn?

I have allergies to chicken and shrimps for the past 7 yrs. But when I was young, I was able to eat them. How c0me I have late allergc rxn?

Food allergy ages: A food allergy, or any allergy, for that matter, can develop at any age. Allergies can come and go, too. Sometimes they resolve spontaneously, but other times they last for decades. No one knows why they develop at certain ages. ...Read more

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I have been using some hand cream for awhile and my hands are really red and itchy there also burning is this signs of allergic reaction?

I have been using some hand cream for awhile and my hands are really red and itchy there also burning is this signs of allergic reaction?

Yes: Contact dermatitis can cause red and itchy skin. Contact dermatitis can be due to a hand cream, soap, cosmetic, etc. Treatment includes removing the offending agent, steroid creams and antihistamine pills to reduce the itch. ...Read more

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How long does raw shrimp allergies last?

How long does raw shrimp allergies last?

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

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What are signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction to food?

Varies: Immediate reactions to a food can include hives, feelings of throat tightening and itching, shortness of breath, flushing of the skin and overwhelm feeling of doom. This can develop into nausea and vomiting as well as diarrhea. Some foods can cause a delayed skin reaction such as eczema and not always the immediate reaction. As always consult with your doctor get tested and avoid possible foods. ...Read more

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Does it happen that people get shrimp allergies as you get older?

Does it happen that people get shrimp allergies as you get older?

Yes: Food allergies can develop at any point in life. Peanuts, tree nuts, and shell fish are the most common food allergies to develop in adults. All food allergies are life-threatening. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms and signs for an allergic reaction to prawns?

Prawns: The same as with shrimp. It can make hives, a rash or swelling. It may activate asthma or cause an allergic response in the eyes or nose. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how to recognize the early signs a child is having an allergic reaction?

Can someone tell me how to recognize the early signs a child is having an allergic reaction?

Rash: Most children/people develop hives as the first sign of an allergic reaction. Some will itch, some will complain of throat or mouth itching....In babies or children not yet speaking, hives are the earliest obvious sign. ...Read more

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I was wondering if you could die from food allergies like shrimp?

I was wondering if you could die from food allergies like shrimp?

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

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What are signs of an allergic reaction to something?

What are signs of an allergic reaction to something?

Several symptoms: Allergic reactions may include any number of symptoms including hives, shortness of breath, cough, wheezing, throat discomfort, swelling of the lips/tongue, vomiting or diarrhea. Milder symptoms include runny nose, congestion, sneeze, or itchy/watery eyes. ...Read more

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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Sensitivities to substances, called allergens, that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. They can be inhaled into the ...Read more