Post # 1
This might be a little long…
In my 27 years I’ve never eaten seafood, the smell always was too much for me, and the few times I tried it as a kid it didn’t interest me. Lately though I’ve decided to start tasting it to see if I like it more now that I’m older. I started with salmon and tuna…then decided to try shrimp and found that I actually like it (if it’s fried haha). Next on my list were lobster and crab. In October I went to dinner and my FI ordered lobster so I decided to give it a try. I took a small bite and immediately felt a wave of nausea and started feeling itchy in different spots. Now, before this my friend had told me the first time she tried lobster she had an allergic reaction, and when I looked at my skin it wasn’t showing hives, swelling, or any redness…so I thought maybe it was all in my head. Fast forward to last night. At the party we were at they had crab legs, I took a small bite of that and had the same feeling again. Again, no redness or swelling…just nausea and itching. It doesn’t last long and drinking water right after helps. I’ve never felt this way when eating shrimp, so I’m not sure it’s actually a shellfish allergy.
My question is…how did you first discover you were allergic to shellfish, was it mild like this or very obvious, and how did you verify it?
Post # 3
I’ve been allergic to shellfish all my life and I always have the same exact reaction. No, hives, no swelling, itc. I just get really really itchy, red, and nauseous.
I’m really bad though because I LOVE crabs, so I put up with the symptoms and eat it anyways so it’s not THAT bad.
Post # 4
I am no help….I am curious to hear the answers. I think i am allergic to shellfish and eggs but not sure how to find out 🙂
Post # 5
@KateByDesign: haha good to know! I hated the lobster but actually liked the crab because it was more sweet than fishy. I always thought an allergic reaction would be like in Hitch where Will Smith’s whole face swelled up…I didn’t know they could be mild.
Post # 6
I imagine it’s possible crab could bother you but not shrimp–maybe that’s why you didn’t have a severe reaction to it?
Post # 7
@bestbuddies: My friend was actually diagnosed by his doctor. Otherwise he probably would have never known since he eats that on a regular basis.
Post # 8
oh that stinks .. my dad ate shellfish his whole life .. and then at 23 had crabs, which he had before…. he wound up on life support in the ICU in the hospital in NYC. He’d grown up eating mussels, crabs, & shrimp. He hasn’t had it since. It was THAT fast.
***edit… i have a friend that developed the same thing … and as long as she washes the shell off …. she can eat it .. it’s the mercury she’s sensitve too. good luck
Post # 9
im allergic to everything! and the older i get the more i get allergic to.
when i was about 7 i found out i was allergic to shellfish, but could still eat regular fish, it wasnt until about 3 years ago iw as at a wedding, took a bite of salmon, and almost died (thank you benadryl) went back and got tested and surprise im NOW allergic to ALL fish, practically anything out of the ocean.
i have similar stories about peanuts, different fruits, and raw veggies.
i have taken to keeping benadryl with me at all times just in case, i have an epipen as well. it sucks.
my suggestion is to go to an allergist and get tested. its sucks – itches like crazy but at least you know for now. i get tested every 2 years or so.
Post # 10
I am allergic to crab…but somehow not to lobster or things like mussels/clams. The one and only time I ever ate crab my lips, tongue, and throat swelled up and I had to be taken to the ER. For some odd reason, though, I don’t seem to have any problems with other kinds of oceanic critters. One of my friends said it could be something to do with the high iodine content in some kinds of shellfish, but I’m not really sure what the root cause is. All I know is that I am too terrified to ever touch crab again, which doesn’t make me the most popular customer at sushi restaurants (I have to ask the staff to please be sure no crab touches my food, because I’ve definitely left restaurants with lips swollen so bad I had broken blood vessels that looked like a purple mustache…not so hot!).
I also have a friend with an allergy to shrimp who has no problems with hives or swelling, but she gets that nauseous/itchy feeling. I don’t think she’s ever had her allergy “verified,” but if you have a sure sensitivity to something, mild or not, be careful when you eat out or purchase packaged foods (it’s surprising the number of things that have unnamed “shellfish” in them, like vitamins!). If you’re worried about a more serious reaction – which I think can happen when you get repeated exposure to an allergan – I would definitely see your doc or an allergist to have an allergy battery run.