Southwest Allergy & Asthma Center



6100 Windcom Court,
Suite 101
Plano, Texas 75093

Serving: Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Carrollton, Richardson, Lewisville, Garland, Dallas, The Colony, Addison, Coppell, Little Elm, Celina, Prosper, Sachse, Murphy, Wylie, Rockwall, Lucas and Rowlett

(972) 398 - 3500Telephone:
(972) 398 - 3512FAX:

In the Texoma Medical Plaza adjacent to the new Texoma Medical Center
5012 South US HWY 75,
Suite 150
Denison, Texas 75020

Serving: Denison, Sherman, Bonham, Gainesville, Pottsboro, Van Alstyne, McKinney, Prosper, Durant (OK) and Madill (OK)

(903) 463 - 8400Telephone:
(903) 463 - 8500FAX:

7785 Eldorado Pkwy,
Suite 500
McKinney, Texas 75070

Serving: McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Celina, Prosper, Sachse, Murphy, Wylie, Rockwall, Lucas and Rowlett

(972) 542 - 0500Telephone:
(972) 398 - 3512FAX:

In Twin Creeks Medical Center Two
1101 Raintree Cir,
Suite 140
Allen, Texas 75013

Serving: McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Celina, Prosper, Sachse, Murphy, Wylie, Rockwall, Lucas and Rowlett

(469) 656 - 1057Telephone:
(972) 398 - 3512FAX:

12950 Dallas Pkwy,
Suite 700
Frisco, Texas 75033

Serving: McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Celina, Prosper, Sachse, Murphy, Wylie, Rockwall, Lucas and Rowlett

(972) 569 - 8500Telephone:
(972) 398 - 3512FAX:

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Fish Allergy

What is a fish allergy?

Fish allergy is an abnormal immune reaction to the proteins found in fish.

Is fish allergy common?

Fish allergy is a relatively common food allergy in children and adults. Approximately 0.4% of adults will be allergic to some type of fish.

What are the symptoms of an allergic reaction to fish?

Classic allergic reactions usually include a red, itchy rash called hives that occurs within minutes of ingesting foods containing fish. Hives can progress to or occur as part of a more serious allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction that may include any of the following symptoms: wheezing or other breathing problems; vomiting, diarrhea or stomach cramps; face, mouth, or throat swelling; or signs of shock, including low blood pressure, dizziness, and passing out.

Can I have non-allergic reactions to fish?

Scromboid fish poisoning can mimic an allergic reaction and commonly occurs with ingestion of tuna, mackerel, or yellowtail that has not been properly refrigerated. This is not an allergy, but a reaction to a toxin in the fish.

Anisakis is a parasite worm in fish that can also mimic fish allergy. It is estimated that as many as one-third of reactions to fish may be due to Anisakis.

Do people outgrow fish allergy?

In most individuals the allergy to fish is lifelong. It is possible that some individuals may outgrow the allergy, but this is probably rare.

What things should I avoid?

If you are allergic to a type of fish, you should avoid eating that type of fish. In addition you should avoid foods that may have been contaminated with or have come into contact with fish.

Is cross contamination a concern?

Many foods are inadvertently contaminated with fish during their processing or preparation. Any foods prepared in a facility that handles fish are at risk for being contaminated.

How and when can I reintroduce fish?

You should consult with your physician regarding when and how to reintroduce fish into you or your child’s diet. Your physician may use skin or blood tests to determine if it is safe to reintroduce fish into the diet.

Is my child allergic to all fish?

Many individuals with a fish allergy may tolerate some types of fish and be allergic to others. You should check with your healthcare provider to determine which fish are safe to eat.

Although it is possible to be allergic to shellfish and fish, this is uncommon as the proteins that cause allergy in fish are unrelated to those found in shellfish.

Is it safe to breast-feed my child?

Breast-feeding is generally safe in children with fish allergy if the mother avoids foods containing fish products.