Shellfish allergies are the most common types of allergies developed by adults. Symptoms of shellfish allergy are likely to have a sudden onset, without warning or any previous symptoms. Because shellfish and seafood allergies are often dangerous and potentially life-threatening, it’s wise to learn what to look for beforehand. Not eating shellfish is not enough to protect a highly sensitive individual against from reacting to a deadly allergy attack.
Shellfish Allergy Symptoms
Ask you doctor to perform allergy tests to confirm a shellfish allergy if symptoms occurred after eating any type of shellfish. People with allergies to dust mites, cockroaches, and bees, have an increased risk of developing a shellfish allergy. The reactive allergenic toxins found in those substances are the same as those found in shellfish.
Shellfish allergy symptoms range from puffiness around eyes and mouth, irritability, hives anywhere on the body, itching, and swelling of the face, mouth and throat. Additionally, anaphylaxis may occur, making it difficult or impossible to breath. If you experience any of these symptoms, see emergency medical treatment immediately.
How to Avoid the Onset of Shellfish Allergy
* Becoming knowledgeable about what induces a shellfish allergy is important for people seeking allergy relief and ways to protect their health. Various triggers and conditions can induce an allergic reaction.
*Eating shellfish is not the only trigger for an allergic reaction. Merely handling it or inhaling cooking vapors can set off a reaction in highly sensitive individuals with shellfish allergies. This is known as oral allergy syndrome.
*All types of shellfish have the same allergenic proteins and should be avoided for the best allergy relief, even if the person is only allergic to one type. Steer clear of eating shrimp, lobster, clams, mussels, abalone, crayfish, sea urchin, oysters and scallops.
*People with allergies to shellfish should be careful when eating in restaurants about ordering fried foods. Many restaurants may use the same oil to fry shellfish as they do other foods. And some restaurants use the same oil repeatedly, increasing the chances for contamination.
*Check labels for foods and food supplements for ingredients that may contain or be made from shellfish. Additionally, shellfish flavoring is used to enhance various foods and should be avoided.
*When dining in restaurants, ask if pans used for preparing shellfish are also used for preparing other foods. Request that they use a pan that has not been used for shellfish, or a pan that is just out of the dishwasher which has not had other foods in it that day.
*Individuals taking glucosamine and chondroitin supplements to relieve joint pain should be aware that most glucosamine is sourced from ground shellfish shells. Check the origin of your glucosamine before consuming. There are brands that provide shellfish-free supplements.
Allergy Remedies for Shellfish Allergies
Taking precautions by being prepared with effective first aid allergy remedies is necessary for protection against the unexpected appearance of shellfish allergy symptoms.
*People allergic to shellfish should always carry an epinephrine syringe or Epi-pen and instruct friends and family members on how to use it. Epinephrine is the standard treatment for emergency allergy treatments for people suffering from anaphylactic shock. Epinephrine syringes are available in all pharmacies.
*Alternatively, the homeopathic remedy urtica urens is useful in preventing or stopping an allergic reaction to shellfish. Carry a small vial in a purse or briefcase and take a dose as soon as any symptoms appear. Repeat as needed. The remedy is available at health food stores.
*Apis mellifica is another homeopathic remedy useful for treating mild allergic symptoms from shellfish and other allergies. The person needing Apis may have red, swollen, itchy patches or hives that appear to be fluid-filled. Often, cold applications will feel good and reduce the itching. If you experience early symptoms after consuming shellfish, take a dose of Apis and repeat as necessary.
If symptoms persist or worsen after using a homeopathic remedy or someone complains of swelling in their throat, itching of the mouth or tongue, or difficulty breathing after being exposed to or eating shellfish, it is a warning that anaphylaxis may be setting in. It is important to seek medical attention immediately. Do not wait, as these are signs of a life-threatening attack.
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