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Old 10-09-2005, 07:57 PM   #1
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Question Shrimp vs. mussels/lobster

I went to the ER last month for a shrimp allergy. I ate a piece of raw shrimp and my throat began to swell up and feel funny. It came to the point where I can hardly breathe. I was told I am not allowed to eat shellfish.

However, I love lobster, mussels, shallots fish and crab I have not had any allergic reaction to any of the above (but only to shrimp), but since what happened to me last month, I would get scared but at the same time, I want to eat the lobster pieces. The other day, I had 2 pieces of cooked mussel from a chinese resturant and I have not had a reaction. (I know I'm a bit stubborn =/ )

I don't know what to do or even how to word my question lol...I guess should I or should I not eat lobster, mussels, etc anymore? I know I HAVE to stay away from shrimp.

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Old 06-30-2008, 02:14 PM   #2
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Re: Shrimp vs. mussels/lobster

I see this post is old, but thought my reply may help someone else.

I am allergic to fish, not shellfish. So, if it lives in a shell, I can eat it. I cannot eat tuna, snapper, cod, anchovy, etc.

The strange thing is, I CAN eat Calamari, which does NOT live in a shell. This breaks the rule.

So, if you have been told you are allergic to one specific type of fish or shellfish as the previous poster, I would taste very tiny bites of whatever you are curious about. Be sure you are home, have some Benedryl or the Epi Pen nearby and good luck!

 
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Re: Shrimp vs. mussels/lobster

There are several groups of seafood. If you are allergic to one food in a group, you're likely to be allergic to the others, but maybe not items in another group.

1) Fish: Tuna, mackerel, anchovies, salmon, pike, whitefish, anything with bones on the inside and scales on the outside

2) Shrimp, lobster, crab. Animals with hard skeleton on the outside and lots of legs, sort of insect-like (tasty, though).

3) Squid and octopus

4) mussels, clams, oysters. A soft creature in a shell. Some put scallops in this category, some put them separately, in a fifth group.

 
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