Atlanta shellfish allergy treatment.

How Allergists Diagnose and Manage Shellfish Allergies

Are you one of the many Atlanta residents looking for an effective shellfish allergy management plan? From shrimp and lobster to clams and mussels, shellfish are a common cause of many emergency-room visits each year. The potential severity and unpredictability of an allergic reaction is, of course, a cause for concern. However, with the right diagnosis and treatment, it is possible to effectively manage a shellfish allergy.

How a Food Allergy Doctor Diagnoses a Shellfish Allergy

Shellfish allergies differ from most other food allergies in that they are more prevalent in adults. In fact, an estimated 2% of U.S. adults have shellfish allergies, compared with just 0.1% of young children. However, it is important to contact an allergy doctor if any symptoms are exhibited.

An allergy doctor will ask questions about the allergic reaction, the type of shellfish being consumed and general medical history. Any pertinent details about allergy symptoms and the time between consumption and allergic reaction will be useful. Based on the information provided, your allergist may conduct allergy testing.

  • Skin prick test – A substance containing an allergen is placed onto the arm and the top layer is then pricked. If a small red bump appears, this signals an individual is allergic to the substance.
  • Blood test – A blood test is a simple process that involves sending a blood sample for laboratory analysis. The level of IgE antibodies helps your allergist make a diagnosis.

How a Food Allergy Doctor Addresses a Shellfish Allergy

It is possible to be allergic to crustaceans, mollusks or an individual type of shellfish. Therefore, a precise diagnosis helps determine what foods you should avoid if you have a shellfish allergy. Unfortunately, avoidance can be difficult, with shellfish ingredients present in many dishes.

Try to get into the habit of scrutinizing the list of ingredients in each product. The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 requires a clear indication of the presence of crustacean shellfish in a product. Unfortunately, this regulation does not apply to mollusks.

It is also important to be cautious when dining at restaurants and other venues. Not only do you need to be aware of prawns, crab, oysters and other shellfish, but you should also be conscious of cross-contamination. Oil and utensils may include traces of shellfish while inhaling steam used in preparation, might even cause an allergic reaction.

Receive Effective Care for a Shellfish Allergy

If you are concerned about a shellfish allergy, we can help. Chacko Food Allergy Treatment Center diagnoses and treats food allergies in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Druid Hills, Duluth and Johns Creek. Call us at (678) 668-4688 or request an appointment online.

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