Sometimes, reactions to fish are not allergic. Scombroid fish poisoning, which often appears similar to an allergic
reaction, is a type of food poisoning due to the ingestion of histamine on poorly preserved fish. One should seek an
evaluation by a board certified allergist if the cause of the reaction is not certain.
It is best for individuals allergic to fish (and shellfish) to avoid seafood restaurants. Although they often serve non-fish
dishes, the food may be contaminated by fish particles from cooking equipment or splatter.
Avoid foods that contain:
- Fish oil supplements
- Imitation crab meat
- Roe (fish eggs)
- Surimi (imitation crab meat)
These foods may contain fish:
- Caesar salad dressing
- Worcestershire sauce
Fish allergic individuals should avoid taking Omega-3 fatty acids that come from fish oil. Instead, take Omega-3 fatty
acids from walnuts, flax seeds, and flax seed oil.
Carrageenan, often used as a stabilizer or thickener in food, is a red algae and does not need to be avoided by fish
Make sure to check out the coping with food allergies page for school and traveling tips, and useful links including
sites that sell allergy safe foods, medic alert bracelets. There's even a link to a website that will translate food allergy
words in just about any language you can imagine!
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