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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Essentially allergies occur when your immune system goes crazy and decides to has to fight against things it should be ignoring. The immune system of people without allergies simply ignores the pollen in the air or the dander on their cat while an allergic person's immune system creates cells to fight against the pollen or dander. The allergic reaction causes the ...Read more
Yes at any age: You can develop an allergy to anything at any age. ...Read more
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
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 injected into your thigh can be life-saving. Where's yours? ...Read more
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
If you have an allergy to fish does is increase your chances of having an allergy to shellfish or other seafoods?
Maybe a little: From an evolutionary point-of-view fish are closer to us than they are to crustaceans or mollusks. They share few similar proteins and so few similar allergens. Usually allergy to fish doe not mean allergy to shellfish. A few unfortunate people however are allergic to lots of foods. Hope that's not you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get tested: Get tested for lots of shellfish and fish. You may be negative to seafood items you like and are afraid to eat. Then bring a sample of food you want to eat to the allergist's office and have a challenge to be sure it's safe to eat it. Be sure to mention your allergy to any restaurant where you eat, and carry your epipen. A cooking spoon may cross-contaminate a dish, so safest place to eat is home. ...Read more
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