Mollusk allergy

What you should know about Mollusk Allergy

Mollusk allergy is a sub division of the shellfish allergy. A shellfish allergy occurs mostly in adults in the United States unlike other allergies. It will mostly occur in two classes of food; crustaceans and mollusks. Mollusks include clams, mussels and oysters. Crustaceans include crabs, shrimps which are the most allergic group and lobster. If you are diagnosed with any shellfish allergy it is advisable to keep of all shellfish.

A lot of people do not understand that diverse types of shellfish attain high rates of cross reactions with other types of shellfish. The most common type of protein that causes mollusk allergy is called tropomyosin. This type of protein is also found in dust mites and cockroaches. This is prove that there is a cross relation between the insects and shellfish. There are a number of symptoms of mollusk allergy which include;

  • Hives
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Sore eyes
  • Asthma
  • Lip swelling
  • Cough
  • Hoarseness
  • Tongue swelling
  • Throat swelling
  • Vomiting
  • Wheezing
  • Headache
  • Sneezing
  • Nausea
  • Sinus pain just to name a few.

Blood tests and skin patchy test can be of assistance in diagnosing the signs of this situation which leads to the start of treatment. Through testing some people have been diagnosed as being allergic to mollusks, but can eat crustaceans. If you have a mollusk allergy you should stay away from:

ü     Clams

ü     Oysters

ü     Mussels

ü     Abalone

ü     Cockles

ü     Scallops

ü     Octopus

ü     Squid

ü     Snails

ü     Limpets and whelks

It is very easy to steer clear of mollusk allergy. It may however take some form of willpower for those who are used to eating shellfish and getting allergies. Many products are made with shellfish and so it is important that you read the labels clearly.

Many food allergies like the one triggered by mollusk have no cure. It is something that a patient should learn to cope with for the rest of their live. The best way you can reduce the signs of mollusk allergy is by staying away from the foods that cause it. The severity and number of the symptoms of the mollusk allergy will depend on the immune system of the patient which will vary in most cases.

There are drugs available in stores for people who have moderate symptoms, drugs like eye drops, nasal sprays and antihistamines. There are patients who suffer serious threatening conditions like anaphylaxis caused by this allergy.

One way you can prevent coming in contact with the allergens is by keeping a list of foods associated with the allergy. Knowing the mollusk allergy symptoms is important in order to easily diagnose and prevent a future occurrence


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