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How Can an Adult Develop Shrimp Allergy?

Q. I’m 32 and just had my first anaphylaxis experience to shrimp. It was scary: I was wheezing and could hardly breathe. How can a grown woman suddenly develop a food allergy? Dr. Scott Sicherer: You are not alone in developing shrimp allergy as an adult. In our U.S. prevalence studies and studies in Canada […]

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Protein Links Shrimp and Roach Allergies

Inner-city kids who live in homes where there are cockroaches have significantly higher levels of the Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibody that causes shrimp allergy, according to a study in the October issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Tropomyosin, the allergenic protein in shrimp, is also found in dust mites, cockroaches and other […]

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All About Fish, Shellfish Allergies

It’s an experience that has puzzled thousands of seafood lovers across Canada and around the world: You’ve eaten fish and shellfish all of your life with no ill effects, and then one day, you’re eating some tasty tidbit from the sea – maybe some jumbo shrimp, some butter-drenched lobster, or some fresh-caught salmon – and […]

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What’s New: Boiling Off Shrimp’s Potency

Researchers in China and Louisiana have tested and compared raw and boiled proteins of a common type of shrimp. They were excited to find that boiling shrimp for 10 minutes reduces the allergenicity of the protein called tropomyosin, the main allergen in shellfish. There would still be protein traces and no one is suggesting that […]

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Fast Facts About Seafood Allergies

The Groups Fish: includes salmon, tuna, cod. Crustaceans: includes shrimp, lobster, crab. Mollusks: snails, bivalves (mussels, scallops, oysters), squid. Cross-Reactions Within a seafood group … Dr. Scott Sicherer, author of Understanding and Managing Your Child’s Food Allergies and associate professor of medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Jaffe Food Allergy Institute, concludes from […]

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Shellfish and Fish Allergy Prevalence

Shellfish allergy is the most common allergy in Canada, affecting 1.42 per cent of the population. Most sufferers are adults: 1.69 per cent have the allergy, compared to just 0.5 per cent of children. Fish allergy is less common, affecting 0.18 per cent of children and 0.56 per cent of adults. In general, food allergy […]

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