Seafood is generally a staple food for everyone. But are you wondering why some people are allergic or allergic to seafood, no matter how much they like it, stop eating immediately. In some cases, the symptoms are severe and even life-threatening.
Why do people have allergies?
According to some medical sources, the reaction with seafood is a response to the immune system to proteins in some marine and freshwater animals, including: shells such as shrimp, crab, oysters, lobster or Squid. Allergic squid species vary from person to person, ranging from mild to life-threatening.
On the other hand, each person has a different reaction or risk to seafood. If your family members have an allergy to any food, drug or substance, they are more likely to have an allergy to seafood.
Why do I have this allergy as an adult?
According to Dr. Rawi Ruangsri at Sukhumvit Hospital, this food allergy occurs in adults, it is an acute allergy caused by the body developing immunity to certain foods.
The principle of severe allergy is that the body is stimulated or learned through certain foods or can receive substances with a similar protein structure.
When the body produces an immune compound called immunoglobulin, which is specific to the protein in food, it triggers a severe allergic reaction to the release of histamine from a type of white blood cell in the body.
Importantly, once the body has developed this immune component, it is likely to be there forever, which means that if we are eating the same food that caused the allergy, we will have the same symptoms again and will not be able to eat the same type of food. As usual.
Seafood allergy symptoms
After eating seafood, the cause of the reaction usually reacts within minutes. Or occurs within two hours with the following symptoms:
Runny nose, itching or skin rash
Nasal congestion, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Swelling of the face, throat, lips, tongue or other parts of the body such as ears, palms, fingers
Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
Feeling dizzy or fainting
Needle pain in the mouth
- In severe cases, urgent need is needed.
Swelling of the throat, which causes the airways to narrow and make it difficult to breathe.
- Fast pulse
Severe dizziness or loss of consciousness
- How to prevent
If you have an allergy to seafood, it is important to avoid foods, including products or ingredients with all seafood, as this is the best way to prevent food allergies.
On the other hand, be careful when eating to ensure that other products do not contain seafood, every time you buy, read and check any products that contain seafood.