Rashes after eating fish

January 11, 2020
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I noticed that each time I eat fresh fish, I come out with rashes all over my body. Kindly let me know what to do about this as I love fresh fish.

Funmi  (by SMS)

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Managing a fish allergy includes strict avoidance of the fish to which you are allergic. Doctors typically advise people who are allergic to one type of finned fish to avoid all types. If you are allergic to a specific fish and would really like to have other varieties of fish in your diet, speak to your allergist about testing for those varieties. Do not change your diet without guidance from your allergist. If your allergist gives you the go-ahead to eat certain types of fish, take extra precautions to avoid eating fish that has come in contact with the type of fish that causes your allergic reaction. Be advised that some restaurants may substitute cheaper types of fish for what is on the menu (for example, what is listed as red snapper could really be tilapia).

Due to the high risk for cross-contact during food preparation, it is best to avoid seafood restaurants in general, even if you plan to order something other than fish. Stay out of areas where fish is being cooked, as proteins may be released into the air during cooking. Treatment for fish allergy includes strict avoidance of the fish to which you are allergic. Because fish is often implicated in cases of food-induced anaphylaxis, allergists advise fish-allergic patients to treat symptoms of a reaction with epinephrine (adrenaline), which is prescribed by your doctor and administered in an auto-injector. Anaphylaxis can come on quickly and can be fatal unless epinephrine is injected as soon as you notice symptoms developing. Only epinephrine can reverse the symptoms of anaphylaxis; for less severe symptoms, you may find that antihistamines are helpful.

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