Shellfish Allergy Management Options

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Management for Shellfish Allergies Is Available

Both adults and children in Atlanta should be cautious with shellfish as allergic reactions are known to be unpredictable and sometimes severe. On the positive side, food allergy treatment options are available and our doctors have provided relief for countless allergy sufferers.

Shellfish allergy treatment options

Shellfish allergies are among the most common food allergies. Differing from most food allergies, around 60% of shellfish allergy sufferers don’t experience an allergic reaction until their adult years.

The two types of shellfish that cause allergies are mollusks and crustaceans. Below are the types of shellfish that fall into each of these categories.

  1. Mollusks – scallops, clams, oysters, squid, mussels
  2. Crustaceans – lobster, crab, shrimp, prawns, crayfish

What Options Do You Have for Managing Your Shellfish Allergy?

Food Allergy Testing

Food allergy testing is a useful way to determine which shellfish cause a reaction. Some people are sensitive to a wide variety of shellfish, while others might be allergic only to a specific species. An oral challenge test is one food allergy testing approach used by our doctors from our clinics in Atlanta, Canton and beyond.


Avoidance is the safest way to prevent an allergic reaction. Staying cautious and checking the ingredients list of food items can prevent unexpected reactions. However, you simply cannot always be assured that a food item purchased from a store or restaurant stays true to the ingredients list or published recipe.


To reduce the impact of a mild reaction you may be prescribed antihistamines or other medications. For severe reactions, an epinephrine auto-injector can be used to prevent anaphylaxis.

Symptoms of a Shellfish Allergy

If you notice some of the following symptoms after consuming shellfish, you are likely experiencing an allergic reaction.

  • Stomach pains and nausea
  • Dizzy or lightheaded feeling
  • Skin redness or hives
  • Shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Swollen lips or tongue

Common Questions About Shellfish Allergy Management

Is there a cure for a shellfish allergy?

Unfortunately, there are no cures for any food allergy. However, treatments like avoidance and medication can greatly reduce the chances of an allergic reaction.

What tests are used to identify shellfish allergies?

A skin prick test, blood test, or oral challenge test can identify a specific food allergy.

Should I avoid all shellfish?

Complete avoidance may not be necessary. Allergy testing should determine the specific allergy trigger.

We Can Help Manage Your Shellfish Allergy

Are you concerned that you or your child suffer from a shellfish allergy? Chacko Food Allergy Treatment Center provides allergy testing services and an effective food allergy management plan. You can visit the food allergy treatment center in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Druid Hills, Duluth and Johns Creek. Call for an appointment at 678-668-4688 today.

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