Does Eating Shrimp Make Your Feet Swell?


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Shellfish allergies usually display obvious symptoms within a maximum of two hours after eating shellfish, or a product containing them. Officially, these symptoms do not appear to include swollen feet, but consist of

  • Skin reactions, like eczema or hives, for instance
  • Red, watery and itchy eyes, known as allergic conjunctivitis
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
  • Runny nose, coughing or wheezing
  • Swelling of tongue, lips or face
However, as several individuals have listed swollen feet as part of the symptoms they experienced as a result of a shellfish allergy, it is best to avoid them in future. Shellfish allergies may cause anaphylaxis, a severe reaction requiring immediate medical attention.

Most people with this allergy have to be extremely careful not only with shrimps, but with all types of shellfish. This includes molluscs, such as oysters, squid and clams for instance, and crustaceans, such as the lobster, crayfish and shrimps. It may be best to have a test done, as the doctor may then be able to prescribe an Epi-pen, which can be a real life saver where severe allergic reactions are concerned.

In the meantime, it is also worth considering that it may not have been the shrimps that caused the feet to swell. It could have been caused by fluid retention.The first thing to try is to raise the feet above heart level when lying down, reduce salt-intake, regularly exercise the legs and drink lots of water.

Sometimes, odd bouts of fluid retention are just one of those things. If, however, the swelling persists even if no shellfish are consumed, or if the swelling gets bad enough to hurt or begins to rise up the legs, it could be the result of an underlying problem and a doctor should be consulted about it.

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