Shellfish allergy

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Definition

Shellfish allergy is known to be one of the most common forms of food allergies and typically found in most adults. The allergic reactions to shellfish allergy can range from mild to severe and possible fatal symptoms. Shellfish are known as animals with shells such as clams, shrimp, lobster and even squid. General avoidance to shellfish is the most effective preventative treatment of this type of allergy.

Diagnosis

Physical examination, skin tests and blood tests are among the primary basis for diagnosing shellfish allergy or any extreme sensitivity to certain types of shellfish.

Treatment

The only surefire way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid eating shellfish altogether. Just in case you come in contact with shellfish, always bring along some medications such as antihistamines to provide immediate relief.

Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms of shellfish allergy include swelling of the lips, tingling of the mouth, abdominal pain, diarrhea and even vomiting, wheezing and nasal congestions. In severe conditions, anaphylaxis may occur causing the constriction of the airways making it extremely difficult to breath along with severe drop in the person's blood pressure.

Causes

All foods allergies are caused by the malfunction of the body's immune system.

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