Salmon allergy is an allergic reaction to specific proteins found in salmon, a commonly consumed fish. This type of allergy falls under fish allergies, which are more prevalent in adults than in children. Salmon allergy can lead to various symptoms and can be triggered by both cooked and raw salmon....


What are symptoms of salmon allergy?

  • Hives or skin rash
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, throat, or face
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal cramps
  • Respiratory issues such as wheezing, coughing, or shortness of breath
  • Anaphylaxis in severe cases, a potentially life-threatening reaction

What foods cross-react with salmon allergy?

Individuals with a salmon allergy may also react to other types of fish, as there can be cross-reactivity among different fish proteins. It’s less common to have cross-reactivity between fish and shellfish. Potential cross-reactive foods include:

  • Other fatty fish like mackerel and sardines
  • Whitefish like cod and haddock
  • Less commonly, shellfish such as shrimp or crab

When should I consider getting a salmon allergy test?

  • If you experience allergic symptoms after eating salmon.
  • If you’ve had reactions to other types of fish, suggesting a broader fish allergy.
  • If you have a family history of fish or other food allergies.
  • Prior to introducing salmon or other fish into a child’s diet, especially if there’s a family history of allergies.

How do I reduce my salmon allergy symptoms?

  • Avoid consuming salmon and foods that may contain salmon.
  • Be cautious with cross-contamination, particularly in restaurants and seafood markets.
  • Read food labels carefully, as salmon can be an ingredient in some processed foods.
  • For mild reactions, antihistamines may provide symptom relief.
  • Carry an epinephrine auto-injector if you have a history of severe allergic reactions.
  • Consult with an allergist for specific advice, allergy testing, and potentially exploring desensitization treatments.

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