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Facts About Crustacean Allergy

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Crustaceans belong to the Arthropod family which includes around 44,000 species and is divided among six major subgroups. The consumption of crustaceans is very large not only in England and other European countries, but around the world. Crustaceans are lobster, crayfish, prawns, crab and shrimp etc. These seafood's can be very enjoyable if you don't have an allergy to crustaceans.

Symptoms to a Crustacean Allergy

The symptoms to a crustacean allergy can be seen from a mild oral allergy symptom, which include itching in the throat, swollen lips and mouth, swelling of throat, and tongue, to life threatening anaphylaxis. This is where a person can experience drop in blood pressure, difficulty in breathing, or even death. One of the most common symptoms can be seen easily within an hour of consuming the crustacean. Nearly 90% of cases who are the victim of crustacean allergy have to face either one of many of these symptoms after consuming crustaceans. However, urticaria commonly known as hives is the most frequent symptom which can been seen in such cases.

Symptoms generally occur after consuming the offending crustacean in high doses. However, in a few cases, it has also been seen that crustacean allergy may also occur even after inhaling its steam while cooking. Cooking oil which contains crustacean residues can also have an effect if you have a crustacean allergy.

I am currently putting together a 'Crustacean Allergy Report', which you will be able to download from our website, very soon.


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