If you suspect a food allergy, avoid self-diagnosis and head to a doctor to be tested. A skin prick test or blood test that checks for IgE antibodies, a sign of an allergic reaction to a food, can help pinpoint allergies. An oral food challenge or elimination diet may also be suggested.
Mostly an adult-onset, seafood allergy is your immune system's response to a protein found in shellfish muscles called tropomyosin. Symptoms range from mild ones like swelling or skin rashes, wheezing, repetitive cough, and stomach cramps to fatal ones like a sudden drop in blood pressure or difficulty in breathing. Your best bet is to stay alert by scrutinizing food labels and keeping your medication handy.
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