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Doctor insights on: What Might Make Someone Develop An Allergy To Shellfish Later In Life

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What might make someone develop an allergy to shellfish later in life?

What might make someone develop an allergy to shellfish later in life?

Unknown: Many people (at least half) develop shellfish allergy later in life. This probably reflects the way the immune system develops, as some allergies are more common in very young children than adults (like egg), while others develop later (like pollen, and shellfish). The exact mechanism is still unknown though. ...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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Can someone out grow an allergy to shellfish?

Can someone out grow an allergy to shellfish?

Not usually: Will i outgrow shellfish allergy? Shellfish allergy is usually developed later in life, and is usually a lifelong allergy http://www.Acaai.Org/allergist/allergies/types/food-allergies/types/pages/shellfish-allergy.Aspx. ...Read more

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Allergy to shellfish is caused by proteins?

Allergy to shellfish is caused by proteins?

Yes: Most allergens are proteins. A few are carbohydrates. Tropomyosin is one of the possible allergens in shrimp, for example. It is a muscle protein. ...Read more

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What can help my allergy to shellfish?

What can help my allergy to shellfish?

Avoid & epinephrine: No one can cure your shellfish allergy so staying away from it is the best course of action. Those allergic to crustaceans may not be allergic to mollusks & vice versa so you might be able to eat some shellfish. See your allergist for testing & advice. A reaction to shellfish can occur in minutes. Antihistamines work in an hour. Epipen (epinephrine) injected into your thigh can be life-saving. Where's yours? ...Read more

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How do I know if I have an allergy to shellfish?

How do I know if I have an allergy to shellfish?

Shellfish allergy.: If you have eaten any shellfish in the past, you will be more prone to develop allergy if you ingest it again. Mild symptoms mabye itching of the mouth with or without hives & swelling of the tongue , lips or skin. More severe symptoms witll be difficulty of breathing, wheezind, collapse. ...Read more

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How would I know if I have developed an allergy to shellfish?

How would I know if  I have developed an allergy to shellfish?

Many dogs few tricks: Many foods can trigger allergic reactions, even life-endangering anaphylaxis but those reactions have a limited number of symptoms - hives, lip, tongue & eyelid swelling, coughing, suffocation, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, a sense of something bad is happening, loss of consciousness & shock. If a some of these symptoms occur within 2 hours of eating shellfish allergy is possible. ...Read more

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I have a severe allergy to shellfish, but desperately wants to go to japan. What precautionary measures can I take?

No shellfish: Take your Epipen (epinephrine) everywhere you go to eat. Make sure you tell your servers you are very allergic and avoid any shared plates with shellfish on them. Get the word for all shellfish in japanese and spell them out to them so they know not to serve it to you. Be very careful. ...Read more