Shrimp allergy is a common type of shellfish allergy, involving an immune reaction to proteins found in shrimp. It's one of the most common food allergies in adults and can cause a range of symptoms from mild to severe, including the risk of anaphylaxis. Shrimp allergy is typically lifelong and can be triggered by eating shrimp or even by inhaling steam from cooking shrimp....


What are symptoms of shrimp allergy?

  • Hives or skin rash
  • Itching or tingling sensation in the mouth
  • Swelling of the lips, face, tongue, throat, or other body parts
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose
  • Wheezing, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing
  • Anaphylaxis in severe cases

What foods cross-react with shrimp allergy?

Individuals with shrimp allergies often react to other types of shellfish, including:

  • Crabs
  • Lobsters
  • Other crustaceans like crayfish
  • Mollusks such as clams, oysters, and mussels (less commonly)

When should I consider getting a shrimp allergy test?

  • If you experience allergic symptoms after eating shrimp or other shellfish.
  • If you have a family history of shellfish allergies.
  • Before introducing shrimp or shellfish into your or your child’s diet, especially if there’s a family history of food allergies.

How do I reduce my shrimp allergy symptoms?

  • Avoid shrimp and all shrimp-containing products.
  • Read food labels carefully to detect the presence of shrimp or shellfish.
  • Be cautious when dining out, as cross-contamination with shrimp can occur in restaurants.
  • For mild reactions, over-the-counter antihistamines may help manage symptoms.
  • Carry an epinephrine auto-injector if prescribed, especially if you’ve had a severe reaction in the past.
  • Consult with an allergist for personalized advice, potential allergy testing, and management strategies.

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