Is a seafood allergy life-threatening?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Although actual deaths from seafood allergies are very rare, a seafood allergy can be life-threatening if you have severe reaction. Known as anaphylaxis, this severe reaction can close up airways and prevent breathing. Approximately 150 people die each year from food allergies, but this number includes all types of food allergies, not just seafood. If you have a serious seafood allergy, you should carry a syringe of epinephrine with you at all times to be safe.

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