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Can people with seafood allergies go scuba diving?
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Dr. J. patrick Tokarz
Family Medicine
7 doctors agree
In brief: Probably
Just don't eat what you see !

In brief: Probably
Just don't eat what you see !
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Dr. Martin Raff
As a diver and knowledgeable about dive medicine you are at no risk of allergies while diving if you leave the flora and fauna untouched as you should be taught to do.
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes.
Seafood allergies should have no relation to swimming in salt water or fresh water, or scuba diving.
Only if one has a skin allergy to some of the various minerals in water is there a problem (for example, chlorine in pools). It is only ingesting seafood that one must avoid if allergic to that specific seafood. As i mentioned in recent answer, shellfish and other types fish r different types.

In brief: Yes.
Seafood allergies should have no relation to swimming in salt water or fresh water, or scuba diving.
Only if one has a skin allergy to some of the various minerals in water is there a problem (for example, chlorine in pools). It is only ingesting seafood that one must avoid if allergic to that specific seafood. As i mentioned in recent answer, shellfish and other types fish r different types.
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Dr. Gary Birnbaum
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
Usually seafood allergies mean that ingestion results in hives or other severe allergic reactions, anaphylaxis.
Since there is no ingestion while scuba diving, an ingestion reaction is unlikely. If the diver wears a wet suit and gloves, a contact skin reaction is also unlikely. Consult an allergist if appropriate.

In brief: Depends
Usually seafood allergies mean that ingestion results in hives or other severe allergic reactions, anaphylaxis.
Since there is no ingestion while scuba diving, an ingestion reaction is unlikely. If the diver wears a wet suit and gloves, a contact skin reaction is also unlikely. Consult an allergist if appropriate.
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Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Seafood and scuba
You should have no problems doing scuba with a seafood allergy - as long as you don't touch fish without gloves on.
But just swimming should pose no danger to you.

In brief: Seafood and scuba
You should have no problems doing scuba with a seafood allergy - as long as you don't touch fish without gloves on.
But just swimming should pose no danger to you.
Dr. Paul Williams
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