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How can seafoods like lobster, crab and squid cause food allergies?

How can seafoods like lobster, crab and squid cause food allergies?

If you are sensitive: If you are sensitive to the proteins in these foods, your body makes antibodies that recognize them and set off an allergic reaction. Most foods have the potential of causing allergies, but a few are more likely and shellfish are among the 8 most common food allergens. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

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


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What does seafood allergy really mean, since shrimp, clams, crabs, and squid are all different?

What does seafood allergy really mean, since shrimp, clams, crabs, and squid are all different?

Great question: Better to be specific. Shellfish = “crustaceans” (lobsters, "crayfish", prawns, crabs and shrimp) and “molluscs, ” [abalone, oysters, mussels, and squid (calamari)]. Other fish allergies are to “scaly” and “bony” fish, such as cod, haddock, herring, sprat, halibut, mackerel, trout and salmon. Hard to differentiate when they are cooked together! ...Read more

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I have a squid ink allergy. Was curious as to what the ink contains that i could be allergic to?

I have a squid ink allergy. Was curious as to what the ink contains that i could be allergic to?

Mollusk: Squid is considered a mollusk (oyster, clam, abalone etc) although a free-ranging one. Its ink contains proteins which can sensitize people just like clams or oysters do. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of cat allergys?

How can I get rid of cat allergys?

Allergy shots: Treatment for cat allergy includes avoiding cats (not keeping them at home), medications to treat symptoms, and for long term relief, allergy injections (allergy shots). An allergist can review the benefits and risks of allergy shots. This is the only disease modifying strategy to relieve symptoms long term. ...Read more

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How can I prevent my baby from developing allergies?

How can I prevent my baby from developing allergies?

Nothing Much: There are really no proven techniques which have been demonstrated scientifically to prevent the development of allergies. ...Read more

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I have a squid ink allergy. Was curious as to what the ink contains that i could be allergic to?

Mollusk: Squid is considered a mollusk (oyster, clam, abalone etc) although a free-ranging one. Its ink contains proteins which can sensitize people just like clams or oysters do. ...Read more

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How can seafoods like lobster, crab and squid cause food allergies?

If you are sensitive: If you are sensitive to the proteins in these foods, your body makes antibodies that recognize them and set off an allergic reaction. Most foods have the potential of causing allergies, but a few are more likely and shellfish are among the 8 most common food allergens. ...Read more

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If I have an allergy to squid and other seafood, would I react to a meal containing squid ink too? (ie.: squid ink pasta)

If I have an allergy to squid and other seafood, would I react to a meal containing squid ink too? (ie.: squid ink pasta)

Likely: but this has not been well studied and thus it would not be wise for you to try squid ink until proven otherwise. It is probably quite easy to confirm this by having your allergist do a prick-to-prick skin test to squid ink. ...Read more

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What does seafood allergy really mean, since shrimp, clams, crabs, and squid are all different?

Great question: Better to be specific. Shellfish = “crustaceans” (lobsters, "crayfish", prawns, crabs and shrimp) and “molluscs, ” [abalone, oysters, mussels, and squid (calamari)]. Other fish allergies are to “scaly” and “bony” fish, such as cod, haddock, herring, sprat, halibut, mackerel, trout and salmon. Hard to differentiate when they are cooked together! ...Read more