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… Read more »
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.
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… Read more »
Did you know that 30 to 50 per cent of those with an allergy to one of the seafood groups will react ot more than one type of fish or shellfish?