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John Harun Mwau , Harun Mwau :Food Poisoning from Fish and Shellfish
Food Poisoning from Fish and Shellfish
What It Is: Food poisoning is usually fairly easy to recognize, but toxins in tainted seafood can cause unusual symptoms you may assume are allergies, especially since fish and shellfish are common allergens.
Symptoms: Toxins in seafood can cause gastrointestinal symptoms, hives, redness, headaches, breathing difficulty, and neurological symptoms like temperature confusion and short-term amnesia.
Treatment: IV fluids for dehydration and medication to treat vomiting. Antihistamines may be used to treat scombroid poisoning, caused by tainted fish that have high levels of histamine.
A lot of commonly held beliefs about food allergies aren't true at all. Some of them cause people to restrict their diets unnecessarily, and some of them are downright harmful. How's your food allergy knowledge? Read on for 10 common food allergy beliefs, and see which of the myths you can spot.
1. Most People Who Believe They Have Food Allergies Actually Do.
This is a myth. Twenty percent or more of Americans believe they have a food allergy; in adults, the true number is between one and three percent (most sources estimate the number at about 2.5%).
Why is it important to know whether a food sensitivity is really an allergy? First, knowing what's going on with your body will let you give your doctors accurate information. Second, if you do have a true allergy, you should know about your risk of anaphylaxis. And finally, some perceived reactions are actually caused by other items in the food. You may find that you can add foods you've excluded back to your diet.
Bottom line: If you believe that you have allergies but you've not been tested, talk to your doctor.
2. Peanut Allergies Are Most Common Among Young Children.
This is another myth. Dairy allergies are actually the most common among children. Peanut allergies, however, tend to re