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A seafood allergy is a kind of food allergy which may be a fish allergy, a shrimp allergy, a scaly fish allergy or a crustacean allergy. It occurs mainly in adults and in some children. An allergy is your body's abnormal responses to the immune system. Everyone gets some allergy in their lives. Most are so mild they only cause a momentary discomfort which we ignore.

Seafood allergy symptoms can be mild, moderate or severe. Mild reactions are hives or swelling. The most dangerous symptoms are breathing difficulties or a drop in blood pressure and shock, either of which can be life threatening. This most severe type of allergic reaction is known as anaphylaxis. Some other symptoms can be swelling of the face or throat, dizziness, tightness in the chest, vomiting or diarrhea.

To treat a seafood allergy it is advised to avoid groups of seafood but this can be difficult. Accidental exposure is more likely when eating away from home. Sources of accidental exposure are foods served in seafood restaurants, Asian foods, takeaway food, etc. For some mild symptoms antihistamines, steroids, asthma inhalers or eye drops may be effective. For more severe symptoms professional help is needed. There are adrenaline delivery devices for those who have proven anaphylaxis as a result of a seafood allergy.

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