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What Does A Rash From A Shellfish Allergy Look Like
Hives, usually: Most rash from shellfish allergy looks like hives (urticaria) and/or swelling of the eyes, lips and hands (angioedema). A few people with atopic eczema who are shellfish sensitive might get worsening of their eczema. People who process shellfish (like fishermen or cannery workers) might get an eczema-like rash on their hands and skin where they contact the shellfish. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A shellfish allergy is an exaggerated immune response due to exposure to shellfish protein. The reaction can present with typical symptoms of hives, respiratory symptoms (cough, wheeze, shortness of breath), GI symptoms (abdominal pain, vomiting), swelling, loss of consciousness, and can be fatal. Symptoms typically present within minutes to a couple hours ...Read more
Epinephrine: For severe shellfish allergy, only injectable Epinephrine for reactions is a reliable treatment. Some people with very mild allergies can use antihistamines alone, but everyone should have Epinephrine available. Unfortunately, there are no drugs that will prevent or resolve a food allergy so you can eat the food without risk, although this is an active area of research. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: It is not necessary. However, it is a good idea to have one. ...Read more
No: Imitation crab meat is made from fillets of Alaska pollock. As long as you don't have a history of fish allergy you shouldn't have a problem. You should be careful however, because some manufacturers that produce these products also manufacture shellfish products in the same facility which could cause cross-contamination. ...Read more
Yes.: That is, as long as you are not allergic to fish as well. Imitation crab is made from pollack and kamaboko, types of white fish. There are two kinds of shellfish - crustaceans (shrimp, lobster, crab) & mollusks (clams, mussels, oysters, calamari). Are you allergic to both kinds? If not, there may be some shellfish in your future. See an allergist for help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Radiocontrast media : People with shellfish allergy are sometimes told they should avoid iodine and radioconstrast media (rcm). This is not true and is a myth. Iodine does not cause allergy. While people who have any allergies may have a slightly higher risk to a reaction to rcm, it is still low. Shellfish allergy does not increase the risk for a reaction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Shell less fish: Examples of fish or seafood that you could eat: tuna, salmon, herring, all other types of fish with scales. Avoid seafood that has shells or hard cases: oyster, clam, lobster, shrimp. ...Read more
Same thing: Fish and shellfish have a tendency to concentrate iodine in their flesh. If you are allergic to iodine, often you will have a cross reactivity when you consume fish or shellfish. My wife, in fact, has this problem, and while she can eat fish from southern waters, she reacts poorly when she eats halibut caught in alaska. Particularly from the largest/oldest fish. ...Read more
I got my shellfish allergy from my mom. Should I worry about the other things she's allergic to passing down to me?
May be: there is genetic/familial tendency but not true Mendelian genetic rule, which means you might have allergies in general as any of your parents, but not necessarily that you will inherent the same pattern, be careful though, keep an Epipen (epinephrine) handy, also an antihistaminic ...Read more
Is it possible that my shellfish allergy is on and off? There are times when i eat mussels that I have g.I disturbances but there are times im okay.
I have a shellfish allergy. But recently I've noticed when I eat desserts or fruits I have similar symptoms as the shellfish allergy . What is it?
Depends: What are the symptoms of shellfish allergy. It does not sound like full-blown anaphylaxis with the deserts (or you are remarkably cavalier). Oral itching or even swelling can occur with nuts or fruits contained in the deserts. If these are the only symptoms, could be oral allergy syndrome (or pollen-food syndrome). Allergens usually labile so as not to produce "full-blown" food allergy. ...Read more
IgE mediated: Allergic reactions that are type i are mediated by the allergic antibody ige. That means they can be diagnosed using a skin or blood test for ige. They are immediate reactions with symptoms occurring within minutes to hours after exposure. Symptoms can be hives, swelling, anaphylaxis, asthma, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Positive or Negative: A positive skin or blood test for allergy to shellfish is enough evidence to diagnose an allergy if you have a convincing history of allergic reaction to shellfish. If the history is inconclusive, a blinded food challenge can be performed to help confirm the diagnosis. If you are diagnosed with shellfish allergy, you are at risk of a life threatening reaction. There is no test for severity. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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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