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Shellfish Allergy Basics
Posted By Alison On Mar 27, 2007 @ In | Comments Disabled
A shellfish allergy is an immune reaction to proteins of a certain type of shellfish, such as crab, lobster and shrimp. It is recommended that if you are allergic to one type of shellfish, avoid all shellfish. There is no need to avoid fish, unless a fish allergy is also present.
Symptoms of shellfish allergy:
Symptoms of shellfish allergy can be divided into 3 categories:
Anaphylaxis is the most severe allergic reaction to shellfish, involving every above organ system. It can lead to anaphylactic shock and death.
The shellfish-free diet:
Following a shellfish-free diet requires the elimination of the following types of foods:
Shellfish provide niacin, vitamin B6 and B12, phosphorus, selenium, and iron. These nutrients can easily be found in other foods such as legumes, meat, grains, and oils. Therefore, nutrient deficiency is not a concern when eliminating fish from the diet.
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