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Top-Rated Shellfish Allergy Care in McKinney and Southlake

A shellfish allergy is an immune system reaction to proteins found in crustaceans and mollusks, triggering symptoms that range from mild to potentially life-threatening. At TexasAllergyMD we provide patient-centered food allergy care to reduce the impact of an allergy, and protect against severe reactions.

North Texas shellfish allergy treatment.

Our board-certified allergist, Dr. Mireku, has over 10 years of experience in the field of food allergy treatment. If you or your child experiences symptoms following shellfish exposure, visit one of our allergy treatment centers in McKinney/Prosper or Southlake for expert care.

Common Types of Shellfish Allergy and Their Symptoms

While you might be allergic to only one type of shellfish, the presence of similar proteins in different species typically means you will be allergic to several types. Shellfish as a category covers the families of crustaceans and mollusks.

  • Crustaceans – Shrimp, crab, lobster, prawns and crayfish.
  • Mollusks – Clams, oysters, mussels, scallops, squid and octopus.

Exposure to shellfish, whether through direct consumption or as an ingredient (or even from cooking fumes), can lead to symptoms that can be either mild, moderate, or severe.

  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Eczema
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing

At TexasAllergyMD we help patients of all ages who are dealing with shellfish allergy symptoms, offering personalized care and long-term relief.

How We Manage and Treat a Shellfish Allergy

Dr. Mireku is committed to reducing the chances of allergic reactions and improving each patient’s quality of life.

Allergy Testing

Comprehensive food allergy testing identifies specific shellfish allergies by testing for reactions to different crustaceans and mollusks. This process can determine which shellfish (if any) can be included in a diet.

Shellfish Avoidance

We’ll advise you on avoiding shellfish and shellfish-containing products, and preventing cross-contamination in the kitchen.

Emergency Medication

Dr. Mireku may recommend carrying an epinephrine auto-injector in case of emergency. This medication is to be used immediately at the onset of an allergic reaction.

Common Questions About Shellfish Allergies

You can tell if you are allergic to shellfish by undergoing food allergy testing with a board-certified allergist. Skin prick or blood testing will precisely identify the allergens causing allergic reactions.

It is safe to eat fish if you have a shellfish allergy, as they are different biological groups. If you experience allergy symptoms after eating fish, this could suggest you also have a fish allergy.

You can outgrow a shellfish allergy, though doing so is less common than outgrowing a milk or egg allergy. Your allergist can test you to determine whether you have outgrown your shellfish allergy.

Get Fast Treatment for a Shellfish Allergy in North Texas

If you experience an allergic reaction after eating shellfish, contact the team at TexasAllergyMD. We provide quick and effective food allergy testing and treatment at centers in McKinney/Prosper and Southlake. Call (469) 375-1525 or request an appointment now.

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