Monday, 17 February 2014

An Insight Into Fish Allergies

A person with a fish allergy may have to live with it throughout their life. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology suggest that 0.4% population may suffer from fish allergies. Also, 66% adults and 30% children may have reactions to multiple fish. Salmon, Halibut and Tuna are the most common kinds of allergens.

Seafood allergy and fish allergy although thought to be similar, they are different. Seafood includes fish, lobsters, clams and shellfish. It is not necessary that a person allergic to fish may have the same reaction to other sea foods as well, as they are biologically different. It may develop at any stage in life. It may be possible that a person has an adverse reaction only to a particular type while he may react normally to other types. However, allergists recommended avoiding other types of fish as well. 

People who showed no symptoms in the past may develop an allergy. 

The most common symptoms of fish allergy include: 

  • Hives
  • Nausea
  • Swelling 
  • Eczema
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Anaphylaxis, a serious allergic reactions
Raw fish can be potentially more dangerous than cooked fish. The allergens can be taken care of by heating on high temperatures. This may help for people with a mild allergy but it may still cause problems for people with severe reactions. The only cure to this hypersensitivity is to avoid eating it or coming in contact with it. 

Also, it is important to read the labels of the packaged foods for any fish traces in it. If one goes to a restaurant who also sell fish, it is better to check for any cross contacts to avoid further problems. 

Doctors may prescribe Epinephrine to treat fish allergies. As the allergic reactions may be potentially fatal sometime, it is better to carry this auto-injector at all times. Always consult a specialist doctor before taking any medications to stay away from adverse side effects. 

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