Fish Allergy

Typical Fish Allergy Signs: Causes Of Common Allergies and Symptoms Of Fish.

Moving from Oregon to Florida wasn't that big of a deal, when it comes to seafood and fish.

Whether I'm going to the local Farmer's Markets and buying fresh fish or heading off to Madeira Beach and getting fish right off the boats, it doesn't matter. I love having a variety of fresh fish and seafood from which to choose. I've already forgotten about my local grocery store's supply of fish. I'd rather drive an extra 5 minutes and get the fish right out of the water. 

But for some people, this expedition wouldn't be good, especially when you have a fish or a seafood allergy or intolerance. It can range from uncomfortable to severe to down-right lethal.

Some studies suggest that almost 3% of children younger than three years old can exhibit fish or seafood intolerance symptoms. Many doctors advise parents not to give  fish or seafood to children under the age of 1. Fish and other kinds of seafood are part of the "Big-8" allergens that include  milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, and soybean

What Is A Fish Allergy?

Fish allergy symptoms in children and adults can manifest themselves within a few minutes to a few hours after a person consumes fish or certain kinds of seafood. This is because your body is going into hyper drive.

It views the allergen as a threat and will try to protect itself against this threat anyway it can. Your body will pump out histamines and other chemicals to fight the alleged invader.

The symptoms of fish allergies and food sensitivity symptoms can include but are not limited to:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Coughing
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Headaches
  • Hives and/or rashes
  • Indigestion
  • Itchy skin around the mouth
  • Red blotches around the mouth
  • Runny nose
  • Tired feeling
  • Vomiting
  • Watery eyes
  • Wheezing

In severe cases of food allergy reactions the victim can get Anaphylaxis shock which is very dangerous. It's a life-threatening emergency that requires immediate medical attention. Many times parents of allergic children will carry epinephrine, sometimes called an Epi Pen. This gives the person a shot of adrenaline and offers enough time to get him to the emergency room. Anaphylaxis symptoms can include:

Difficulty in breathing. The victim may have a swollen throat or airway making it difficult to breathe.

  • Facial flush
  • Lightheaded
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Severe drop in blood pressure
  • Stomach pain

Other Kinds Of Similar Allergies

Shellfish Allergy Symptoms: Causes Of Food Allergies & Common Allergies and Symptoms With Shellfish.

Shrimp Allergy: Common Allergies and Symptoms Of A Food Allergy With Shrimp

Some Foods That Either Are Fish Or May Contain Fish Elements

  • Caviar 
  • Artificial/crabmeat and sushi
  • Fish sauces and oils 
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Barbecue sauce 
  • Caesar dressing
  • Omega supplements made from fish oil
  • Krill oil

Minimize your risk of an allergic reaction by staying out of seafood restaurants. This includes many ethnic restaurants such as Chinese and Thai. It's obvious that cross-contamination can happen. Also, allow someone else to do the seafood and fish shopping and cooking for you. 

The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) mandates that the labels of foods containing major food allergens (milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat and soy) be properly labeled with the specific type of fish used.

If you think you have exhibited any of the above fish allergy symptoms other symptoms of a food allergy, it's best to talk to your doctor or allergist. Another avenue is a chiropractor who practices Applied Kinesiology or muscle testing.

These kinds of food allergy symptoms can be potentially life threatening due to Anaphylactic shock so it's best to get professional help. The doctor, allergist, or chiropractor can perform a series of tests to determine the root cause of the allergy and treat it accordingly.

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