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Will calamari trigger a shellfish allergy?

Will calamari trigger a shellfish allergy?

Yes: About 10-15% of people who are shellfish allergic (shrimp, lobster, etc) are also clinically sensitive to mollusks (clams, squid(calamari), octopus). Ask your allergist before introducing mollusks to your diet. ...Read more

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Dr. Cynthia Lu
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Shellfish Allergy (Definition)

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


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Will imitation crab trigger a shellfish allergy?

Will imitation crab trigger a shellfish allergy?

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

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Which drugs can help my shellfish allergy?

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 more

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What symptoms indicate a severe shellfish allergy?

What symptoms indicate a severe shellfish allergy?

Multiple symptoms: After exposure to or ingestion of shellfish, you would experience any combination of the following symptoms: shortness of breath, cough, wheeze, chest tightness, vomiting, diarrhea, hives, swelling of the lips/tongue, throat discomfort, etc. ...Read more

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Shellfish allergy. Can I eat mussels?

Maybe: Shellfish includes clams, oysters, lobster, crabs, shrimp, mussels, etc.... Some people are allergic to all shellfish. Some are allergic to only specific types and tolerate other shellfish. See an allergist for testing. Don't be foolish and take a chance. ...Read more

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Go on a cruise with a shellfish allergy?

Go on a cruise with a shellfish allergy?

Mgt: I would request some information about the ship's medical services, and services for those traveler's affected by allergies. Maybe they will serve special meals to ensure there is no shellfish. ...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