Shrimp Allergy

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

One of my favorite items to bring to a pot luck is a shrimp platter. I must admit I dig in before anyone else. And sometimes there are a few missing even before we get to the party.

Of course I have to check it out to make sure everything is good. All-you-can-eat restaurants are great places for adult birthdays parties, especially when there's a seafood buffet. 

Unfortunately for many people, seafood and shrimp are on their no-no list. A shrimp allergy can strike and the symptoms 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 seafood intolerance or shrimp allergy symptoms. Many doctors advise parents not to fish, shellfish, seafood, or shrimp 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 and soybean.

What Is A Shrimp Allergy?

Shrimp and food allergy reactions in children and adults can manifest themselves within a few minutes to a few hours after a person consumes shrimp 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. You body will pump out histamines and other chemicals to fight the alleged invader. The symptoms of shrimp 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

Shellfish & Mollusk Foods to Avoid

There are two families of shellfish: mollusks and crustaceans. Many people who are allergic to one group may be allergic to the other. Mollusks are NOT covered by the Food Allergy Labeling Law (FALCPA), only crustaceans are, so you need to read the ingredient labels carefully. 

Here's a list of crustaceans that you may consider avoiding: 

  • Crab
  • Crawfish 
  • Lobster
  • Prawns
  • Sea Urchin
  • Shrimp

Here's a list of mollusks that you may consider avoiding:

  • Abalone
  • Clam 
  • Cockles
  • Limpets
  • Mussel
  • Octopus
  • Oyster
  • Scallop
  • Snail 
  • Squid 

You may want to avoid Krill Oil supplements as well. 

If you think you have exhibited any of the above shrimp 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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