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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.

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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.

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Which drugs can help my shellfish allergy?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Going to the beach with Shellfish allergy?

Going to the beach with Shellfish allergy?

Do not eat: Shellfish allergy generally applies to eating of shellfish. It is not communicated through the air. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex.

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If I have a shellfish allergy, can I eat imitation crab?

If I have a shellfish allergy, can I eat imitation crab?

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.

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If I have a shellfish allergy, why can I not use iodine?

If I have a shellfish allergy, why can I not use iodine?

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.

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If I have a shellfish allergy what types of seafood can I eat?

If I have a shellfish allergy what types of seafood can I eat?

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.

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What are the common reactions to a shrimp and shellfish allergy?

Several symptoms: The symptoms of shellfish allergy that occur after ingestion include hives, swelling of the lips/tongue, throat discomfort, itching, shortness of breath, cough, vomiting and diarrhea.

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Shellfish allergy maybe (once had itching) can I have soft shell and hermit crabs?

Shellfish allergy maybe (once had itching) can I have soft shell and hermit crabs?

Need further testing: Both shrimp and crab are considered shellfish. You can be allergic to only one or both but should be tested by an allergist to be certain. Commonly restaurants do not keep their shellfish separate so need to also be careful with cross-contamination.

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Does immunotherapy work for a shellfish allergy?

Does immunotherapy work for a shellfish allergy?

NO: I am not awwre of any imunothreapy for shellfish allergy.I recomend consulting an allergist to see what options there are

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What's a type 1 shellfish allergy?

What's a type 1 shellfish allergy?

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.

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How can a shellfish allergy start?

How can a shellfish allergy start?

Anytime: Shellfish allergy can start anytime. Typically this is seen in adults but can be seen in children. Unfortunatley there is no good way to predict who will develop this and when.

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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