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Shellfish Allergy Diet

General guidelines for shellfish allergy

The key to an allergy-free diet is to avoid all foods or products containing the food to which you are allergic. If you are allergic to shellfish, you will need to avoid foods that contain shellfish. To do this, it is necessary to read food labels.

How to read a label for a shellfish-free diet

Be sure to avoid foods that contain any of the following ingredients:

  • Abalone

  • Clams, such as cherrystone, littleneck, pismo, and quahog

  • Crab

  • Crawfish, crayfish, ecrevisse

  • Lobster, langouste, langoustine, scampi, coral, tomalley

  • Mollusks

  • Mussels

  • Squid, snail

  • Oysters

  • Octopus

  • Scallops

  • Mollusks

  • Shrimp, prawns, crevette


These foods may contain shellfish:

  • Bouillabaisse

  • Cuttlefish ink

  • Fish stock

  • Seafood flavoring

  • Glucosamine

  • Seafood flavoring

  • Surimi

It is important to remember:

  • In restaurant, any food may be cross-contaminated with fish or shellfish.

  • Stay away from steam tables or buffets with seafood to avoid the cooking vapors.

  • Some allergic individuals will react to cooking odors or from touching fish or shellfish.

  • Always carry self-injecting epinephrine Oor an Epi-pen), Make sure you and those close to you know how to use it.

  • Wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace with your allergy information.

  • If you don't have self-injecting epinephrine, make sure you talk with your health care provider.

Online Medical Reviewer: Holloway, Beth, RN, M.Ed.
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Date Last Reviewed: 5/19/2014
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