Hitch allergy

Shellfish Allergy

 If you have seen the Movie ‘Hitch’ starring Will Smith, you would have gone across the scene where he had his face almost bursting out because he got allergic reactions. His eyes, lips, and ears were swollen and his face really looked horrible! That scene was indeed funny but in real life, it’s the worst experience you can ever experience. If that happens to you, you’ll never want to go out of your bedroom. Aside from the swollen face, there’s this very discomforting and painful feeling that most people wouldn’t be able to bear. It might have not happened to you yet. But it could be…

There’s no exaggeration here. Allergic reactions can cause you great distress. Mild allergic reactions may be in the form of burning sensation, itchiness, and blemishes on the skin. But, worst scenarios can be difficulty in breathing (due to the loss of oxygen), inflammation on any part of the body that you wouldn’t recognize yourself anymore! There’s also excruciating pain and a lot more horrifying symptoms.

 Will Smith’s Allergy on Hitch

In ‘Hitch’, Will Smith has suffered food allergy. He actually ate shellfish and then his face started to swell. Basically, shellfish allergy is more prevalent to adults than children but anyone can have allergic reactions to it and a wide range of its kinds. Suppose you have an allergy in clams, you might also be allergic to mussels, mollusks and possibly all kinds of sea foods. Sadly, food allergy is usually associated with genetics and a person having it may continue to have such allergy for life. Allergic reaction to foods may occur minutes after eating such dish- say shellfish. Mild symptoms include itching, sneezing, and appearance of red spots all over the skin. Severe cases on the other hand can be very detrimental to one’s life become symptoms may include internal chemical reactions. If you think you’re having food allergy, here are some manifestations that you need not ignore:

  • Swelling of the lips, ears, tongue, throat, hands, feet, and other parts of the body

  • Hives, wheezing, eczema

  • Difficulty in breathing

  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea and the like

  • Fainting, dizziness and nausea

 What to do when you have Shellfish Allergy

Mere smoke coming from cooking fish and shellfish dishes may trigger allergic reactions. So it is important that you know your level of tolerance. Some may get allergic just by holding sea foods. Not all the foods served in most food chains and restaurants that they say don’t have sea food content really don’t have sea food content so be cautious of what they serve you. Always have histamines or other anti-allergen medications in case you accidentally eat sea shells. Most of all, consult your doctor. You don’t want to end up having the same face like that of Will Smith in Hitch.


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