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Will Calamari Trigger A Shellfish Allergy
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
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
Very possibly: Pine nuts are a type of tree nut and contain many of the same proteins as other tree nuts. It is very likely that you could have a problem with pine nuts if you have allergy to other tree nuts. ...Read more
Caution: The allergen for shrimp allergy is a muscle protein. It is a common allergen in all the shellfish. Given that shellfish allergy can kill, one should be very prudent and cautious about this allergy. A safe general recommendation is if allergic to one shellfish one should avoid all shellfish. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a nut allergy. Can touching certain dog food containing nuts, or using cosmetics with shea nut oil cause a reaction?
ALLERGY: Not related. Before we introduce chicken meat at 8 months, we give eggs earlier at 6 months. Sensitive babies are allergic to eggs but not necesarily to chicken meat. ...Read more
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
Fish protein allergy: Most allergens are proteins, and the allergens in shellfish that set off allergic people are no exception. These are usually unique to the particular species of fish, but some cross-reactivity is possible. In the case of shrimp, the protein has been identified and it is called tropomyosin. http://www.nytimes.com/1993/12/28/health/studies-unmask-protein-culprit-behind-allergy-to-shrimp.html. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could one develop a peanut, egg, wheat allergy as an adult as well? Never allergic before. Or common allergies such as cit fruit, wheat, nuts? Tests?
Possible: It is possible to become allergic to certain foods at an older age. ...Read more
I have an allergy to Crab and Shrimp. My prenatal vitamin contain a DHA (anchovy, sardine and mackerel) Will this give me an allergic reaction?
Pumpkin: These are in different botanical families so they generally do not but allergy is a hereditory disorder and food allergic folks sometimes react spuriously to any foods. ...Read more
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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