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How To Find Whether You Have Fish Allergy

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Fish is one of the "big eight" most common allergens in the United States, as a result of which fish is covered under the Food Allergy Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA). Are you confused about how to find whether you have fish allergy or not? Here is a small test for you - Have you ever suffered from any of the following symptoms?


•   Flu symptoms, body aches and chills


•   Pain in the chest


•   Severe pain in the back


•   Bad taste in the mouth


•   Tummy upset


•   Irritation of the skin


Now check this - have you suffered these symptoms right after a sumptuous meal of fish? If yes, then, my friend, you are suffering from fish allergy. We know it can be so depressing because we all love to eat fish. But if you are a fish allergy patient, the most prudent way to deal with it would be to keep a check on its symptoms, so that you can get yourself treated properly and on time. Here are some signs of identifying fish allergy first hand:-


1) The most common fish types that trigger allergies are tilapia, cod, salmon (yes, unfortunately!), tuna, snapper, pollock, and eel. Fish allergy is more likely to begin during adulthood than at any other stage in life. While it may be easy for you to avoid fish to avoid allergies, it becomes hard to do so because fish can be present in any form in a number of dishes we may eat daily.


2) Identify the products or dishes that usually contain fish or fish oil but escape our eye. We have prepared a quick checklist of such products for you:-


•Gelatin

•Caesar salad dressing

•Nam pla (Thai fish sauce)

•Worcestershire sauce

•Cioppino

•Ceviche (fish or shellfish "cooked" in an acidic citrus marinade)

•Caviar

•Bouillabaisse

•Fumet (fish stock)

•Surimi

•Omega-3 supplements (if you would like to take these, look for vegan varieties made from flaxseed or other plant-derived oils)

•Caponata


 


Symptoms of Fish Allergy


 


1) Fish allergy manifests itself in many ways. Some of these are:-


2) Severe asthma is one condition commonly found in patients suffering from fish allergy.


3) People may also suffer from oral allergy syndrome, characterized by itching in mouth.


4) The most serious risk posed by fish allergy is anaphylaxis, wherein the body releases histamine in copious amounts, thereby causing the body to swell. As a result of this, the person may havve difficulty in breathing.


5) Cross-Reactivity is another tyoe of fish allergy in which people may may be allergic to more than one variety of fish.


We hope with the help of this blog, you will be more careful about handling your fish allergy. By the way, anyone with a fish allergy should carry any medication prescribed by their doctor at all times.


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