My Continuous Bout Against Seafood Allergy

rapuncille By rapuncille, 25th May 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/154w9dyb/
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Thoughts regarding the Author's recurring bout against Seafood Allergy.

Itching Its Way Back

We had sinigang na sugpo (prawns in tamarind soup) for dinner. I have to commend my mom with her cooking. Tamang tama ang timpla. Sakto ang Asim. Sabaw (soup) pa lang, ulam na! I ate more than the usual tonight. Some others may call it gluttony but the hell I care! :p

The way the sinigang was cooked was so delicious I would have wanted to not stop eating. What made me put down my utensils was the fact that I was so full (make that FULL!). It felt like I would throw up all the prawns and the rice I took in all together with the sabaw (yuck!) if I had not stopped eating.

After the sumptuous meal, I went on to wash the dishes. It was only then that I felt something from my past itch its way back again into my system. Argh!!! My nose and the area around my lips are itching. I felt the itching spreading on to my cheeks up to the area below my eyes. Grrr…Seems like the allergy I had before every time I eat prawn, shrimp or crab is making its presence felt again!

As defined by Wikipedia ( )“Seafood allergy is a type of food allergy. It is the hypersensitivity of a person to dietary substances from shellfish, scaly fish or crustaceans, causing an overreaction of the immune system, which may lead to severe physical symptoms for millions of people”.

I thought I already lost it but I didn’t. I am still itching! Anyway, if it is any consolation, at least its effects on me are only making me uneasy and not fatal. Anaphylaxis is known to be an acute multi-system severe type I hypersensitivity reaction which requires immediate hospitalization and emergency treatment. As for me, soon enough the itching will subside…

I need to do something in order for me to get rid of my allergy. I could choose to avoid indulging in dishes which has ingredients that can trigger the allergy but I won’t (hell yeah, I WON’T). I guess that won’t be so wise on my part. Knowing that the allergy’s effect on me is not fatal, I could probably try on “systematic desensitization or graduated exposure therapy” for the second time. It has been used as a way by which people could overcome their phobias by gradually exposing themselves to the things they fear. I have tried applying it to the allergy thinking that somehow, the effects are partly psychological for me. I guess I should take on every opportunity for me to eat those kinds of food until my system becomes desensitized of their effects. I would get used to it eventually. It worked the first time I tried it. I presume that I wasn’t taking enough of my required dose of sea foods lately that is why the allergy came back.

The Author therefore concludes that it is healthy for her to have a taste of other ocean creatures from time to time. She can’t think of any other better resolution to her allergy problem aside from her enjoying the scrumptious seafood dishes set on the table while crossing her fingers, wishing that nothing will again itch its way back.

Post Note

Gradual exposure worked for the me but does not necessarily mean that it will work for everyone. People with seafood allergy should give emphasis on the word “gradual” if they choose to try “systematic desensitization”.

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Anaphylaxis, Diet, Fish, Gradual Exposure Therapy, Health, Itch, Psychological, Recurring, Resolve, Seafood Allergy, Systematic Desensitization

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am a full-time mom to two gorgeous boys. I spend most of my spare time in between my mommy and wifey jobs doing online stuff which includes writing.

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author avatar frizzbnz
26th May 2011 (#)

As a suffer of sea food allergies I know what your saying. Unfortunately mine are extremely severe the slightest taste of fish and my tongue thinks it's a giant watermelon and my throat tries to close !!! For me staying away form such things is a must. I so miss that raw fish, oysters etc yummy yummy they are now a memory to my taste buds arr but what a wonderful memory !!

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author avatar rapuncille
26th May 2011 (#)

It has the same effect with my husband. To him, just the smell of crab or shrimp being cooked would be enough to give him itch and make his breathing harder as his throat seems to close. So never cook seafoods at home. I only do get a taste of it when we go eat outside, attend an event or whenever one of our flat mates would cook seafoods (my husband will lock himself in our room while the seafood is being cooked) which is very rare.

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author avatar Jlyn11
26th May 2011 (#)

Allergies are a nuisance, but luckily I don't have any. :D

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author avatar rapuncille
26th May 2011 (#)

Good for you dear. :)

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
27th May 2011 (#)

My mother in law loves seafood too and I beleive she also has allergies to deal with.

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