Shell fish allergies and shell fish keeping
I have heard a lot of positive feedback about keeping invertebrates. This sounds very neat and I'm very tempted, however I'm deathly allergic to shell fish. Even skin contact with their oils has affected me. BUT I live on the coast and it is near impossible to go anywhere without a potential exposure (try having a reaction at walmart while shopping for a vacuum). I've developed some safety precautions for day to day life and have since been issue free.
My question is, does anyone else have this problem and still keep them? Are the inverts ya'll are talking about even in the same realm as the edible shell fish I'm talking about? (I've never had this come up before) Would all the water be hazardous or would it just be contact?
This is a really good question.
Are you allergic to all types of shellfish, or just stuff like shrimp, crabs and lobsters? Can you eat escargot?
Snails seem okay. I have had reactions to shrimp, lobster, & crab. Interestingly, I have not had a reaction to crawdads. Another twist. I can withstand processed meats from these guys, with only mild reaction to ingestion, and none to skin contact.
In the past I've had reactions to fish as well but I've handled all manner in the past few months with no issue. I've summed up past experiences to sloppy food handling.
I'm really just curious to see if anyone else has similar aversions to some tank guests but still keep them. I'm willing to take a calculated risk, if I can manage the possible contaminants. My plan B was to ask the LFS if I could hold one of their shrimp.... then rub it on my arm and see what happens. I'll probably settle for more research and check my records to see what exactly prompts the reaction.
Lobster, crab, etc. come from the ocean. If you've had no reaction to snails or crawdads (freshwater, I assume) than maybe your allergies are due to ocean critters and not freshwater inverts. Just a thought...
You have allergies to bleach, latex, Tide detergent, iodine, etc? Lucky you, you'll never have to do any housecleaning!
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