Q: My daughter has severe allergies to peanut and tree nuts. We’d like to know if she’s safe to eat shellfish, which she hasn’t yet tried (she’s 8 years old). The allergist advised she could just try shrimp but my husband and I are scared of a possible reaction. Should she have a blood test before trying tor what would you recommend?
Q: I’m a chef and often serve food to allergic customers. Is it safe for those with shellfish allergies to consume sea salt? I’ve read that it can contain a microscopic type of shellfish.
Q: I’m a chef and often serve food to allergic customers. Is it safe for those with shellfish allergies to consume sea salt? I’ve read that it can contain a microscopic type of shellfish. Dr. Sicherer: Sea salt differs from table salt primarily because sea salt is evaporated from seawater rather than refined from mined salt.… Read more »
Q: My girlfriend has confirmed allergies to tuna, anchovies, shrimp, crab, clams and mussels. However, she can eat salmon with no issues. Does it make sense that she could be able to eat salmon but still be allergic to virtually every other creature of the sea? If so, could she consider trying squid or escargot?… Read more »
New research confirms that those with shellfish allergy are not more likely to react to radiocontrast material used to improve clarity
Allergen Where It Hides Alternate Names Shellfish and Fish ethnic foods: fried rice, paella, spring rolls, sushi (California rolls) caponata (Sicilian relish) gelatin, marshmallows pizza toppings salad dressings sauces, for example, marinara, Nuoc Mâm, steak and Worcestershire spreads, for example, taramasalata (fish) deli meats, hot dogs (from gelatin) compost or fertilizers lip balm/gloss pet food… Read more »
There is no cure for allergies to fish or shellfish, so people who develop allergies to seafood must avoid even small traces of the foods that cause them to react.
It’s important to note that the key allergens in fish and shellfish are unrelated, so people who can’t eat salmon might be just fine with crab, and someone who can’t tolerate even the tiniest amounts of shrimp may be able to eat whole helpings of fresh cod.
From the Allergic Living Archives. A quick test: what’s the most widespread food allergy in North America today? If you answered ‘peanut’, that’s incorrect. But you could hardly be blamed given that legume’s notoriety. The right answer is seafood – from fish to crustaceans and mollusks. At a time when every “must-try” new restaurant is… Read more »