Shellfish Allergy and Swimming in the Ocean

Updated on June 02, 2009
J.D. asks from Saint Petersburg, FL
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My 3 year old daughter has a very high shellfish allergy. I am new to the area and was not sure how swimming in the ocean would affect her allergy. Has anyone else had any problems with this??

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C.T.

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My husband has a shellfish allergy and he doesn't have a problem swimming in the gulf or ocean. I dont know how bad your daughters allergy is, but if you want her to swim I think it would be best to bring her EpiPen just in case.

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C.V.

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I have that severe allergy as well but have no problem with the ocean. I would say carry the Epi-Pen just in case but she should be fine.

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D.B.

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I've lived around salt water most of my life, in different parts of the country, and I've never heard of anyone having a problem with swimming due to a shellfish allergy. I'm a pharmacist, as well, and haven't heard of it in that capacity, either. If her allergy is from ingesting shellfish, I'm sure she's fine. If she has a touch sensitive allergy, don't let her dig too much in the sand!

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J.L.

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No never heard of anyone being allergic to the gulf . Good guestion though my daughter also has severe allergies. I would be interested to hear what you find out.

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