Seafood Allergy

Seafood allergy appears as a result of the reaction of the immune system to proteins in some marine animals, such as fish, shellfish, shrimp, crabs, octopus, and squid. Symptoms of seafood allergy appear within minutes to an hour of consumption, and its symptoms vary from one person to another.

Symptoms of seafood allergy:

  • Nasal congestion.
  • Wheezing and breathing difficulties.
  • stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting.
  • Dizziness, light-headedness, and mouth tingling.
  • Itching or eczema with a rash.
  • Swelling of lips, face, tongue, and larynx or other parts of the body.

Acute symptoms of seafood allergy include:

  • Bronchoconstriction.
  • Faint and dizziness.
  • Tachycardia
  • Acute hypotension

A doctor shall be consulted concerning any allergic reaction to seafood, and how to deal with it, regardless of its strength, and whether the patient is an adult or a child. Also, allergy laboratory tests shall be conducted since the allergic reaction varies each time, and so one should take caution and provide the adrenaline pen (needle) to use when necessary.

The most important risk factors for seafood allergy:

  • Having a family member who is allergic to certain types of food.
  • Having allergy to any type of food.
  • Suffering asthma.

The most important tips regarding people with seafood allergy:

  • Always read the entire ingredient label carefully to make sure that they are free from seafoods.
  • Always be cautious when eating outdoors.
  • Speak to children suffering allergy to help them be acquainted with types of food safe to them.
  • Consider having separate utensils to be used by the person with allergy only.
  • Keep foods containing allergens in a safe place out of the reach of allergic children.