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Can you eat caviar if you have a shellfish allergy?

Last Updated: 3rd April, 2021

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It's important to note that the key allergens in fish and shellfish are unrelated, so people who can't eat salmon might be just fine with crab, and someone who can't tolerate even the tiniest amounts of shrimp may be able to eat whole helpings of fresh cod.

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Besides, can you eat oysters if you are allergic to shellfish?

Many shellfish-allergic people can eat mollusks (scallops, oysters, clams and mussels) with no problem. Still, anyone with shellfish allergy symptoms should consult an allergist before eating any other kind of shellfish.

what seafood can you eat if you have a shellfish allergy? Seafood includes fish (like tuna or cod) and shellfish (like lobster or clams). Even though they both fall into the category of "seafood," fish and shellfish are biologically different. So fish will not cause an allergic reaction in someone with a shellfish allergy, unless that person also has a fish allergy.

Also, what to avoid if you have a shellfish allergy?

scallops. snails (escargot; both sea and land snails should be avoided) squid (calamari) surimi (imitation shellfish, often found in sushi)

People who are allergic to crustaceans should avoid:

  • crab.
  • crawfish (also called crayfish or crawdads)
  • langoustines.
  • lobster.
  • prawns.
  • sea urchin.
  • shrimp.

Why can I eat fish but not shellfish?

It's possible to be allergic to just one or two forms of fish or shellfish – for example, some people can eat lobster but not scallops, while others can eat cod but not salmon. But because there is a high level of cross-reactivity within the food groups, many need to avoid either fish or shellfish in all their forms.

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What can't you eat if you're allergic to shellfish?

snails (escargot; both sea and land snails should be avoided) squid (calamari) surimi (imitation shellfish, often found in sushi)

People who are allergic to crustaceans should avoid:
  • crab.
  • crawfish (also called crayfish or crawdads)
  • langoustines.
  • lobster.
  • prawns.
  • sea urchin.
  • shrimp.

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What can people with shellfish allergies not eat?

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  • Crab.
  • Crawfish (crawdad, crayfish, ecrevisse)
  • Krill.
  • Lobster (langouste, langoustine, Moreton bay bugs, scampi, tomalley)
  • Prawns.
  • Shrimp (crevette, scampi)