How do I know if I am allergic to shellfish?

A person allergic to shellfish may notice a variety of symptoms after eating or being exposed to shellfish or the type of shellfish they are allergic to. The severity of the symptoms will depend on how severe the allergic reaction is. Typical symptoms include itching, skin rash or hives, flushing or flushing of the face, and swelling of the face or tongue. Trouble breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, or a general feeling of illness are also possible reactions. In some cases, the allergic reaction is life-threatening and immediate hospitalization is required.

Seafood is divided into three categories: fish, crustaceans, and shellfish. If a person is allergic to shellfish, it does not necessarily mean that they are allergic to foods that fall into the category of fish or crustaceans. However, you shouldn't have to experiment to find out. Instead, it's important to make an appointment with your regular doctor, who may refer you to an allergist. The allergist will use skin and blood tests to confirm a shellfish allergy and look for other related allergies.

Shellfish allergies can develop at any age. Those who have family members who are allergic to shellfish are more likely to develop the allergy. It also develops more often in adults than in children.

Although there is currently no treatment for this food allergy, certain precautions can help the affected person avoid an allergic reaction. Avoiding shellfish is key, but it's also important to avoid touching shellfish or shellfish that cause the reaction and to stay away from vapors where people cook shellfish or shellfish. Those with severe allergies can be given an adrenaline injection pen by a doctor or allergist. If a severe allergic reaction occurs and the person has trouble breathing, they should inject the adrenaline and go to the emergency room.

Some people may believe that a shellfish allergy means that the person is also allergic to iodine. However, there is no direct connection between the two. While a person can certainly be allergic to iodine and shellfish, being allergic to one does not mean that person is allergic to the other. Allergies to iodine are rare, but if a person is concerned, they can mention it to their doctor before receiving any iodine treatment.

An easy way for people with shellfish allergies to make sure a food is shellfish-free is to check the ingredient label. The package must have a list that says "May contain" or "May contain traces of" and a list of certain foods. If shellfish or other shellfish causing an allergic reaction are listed, avoid the food. When in doubt, the questionable food should not be eaten.

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