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Allergic reaction to touching shellfish, then touching eyes?-- swollen eyes--HELP!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 24, 2007
  • 03:41 PM

I have a shellfish allergy, and I've learned to deal with not eating shrimp and other shellfish ok. A couple of years ago I went fishing, and we were using shrimp for bait--during the day I noticed that the hand I used to bait my hook (touching the shrimp) was swollen, and it clicked that not only could I not eat shellfish, but I also had an allergic reaction to just handling it.

Well, even knowing that, last night I grilled shrimp (others in my family eat it). I placed shrimp on a kabob, but washed my hands after touching it. Maybe not enough precaution, though.

Suddenly after dinner my eyes started hurting.

They became bloodshot red, and swollen. I removed my contact lenses, and wondered if I inadvertently rubbed my eyes after touching the shrimp, which is what I believe caused the reaction.

Today my eyes are still red and swollen. I took 50mg of benadryl immediately last night, and then 25mg more right before bedtime. About 30 minutes ago I took a 24-hour generic version of Claritin, hoping this might help. My eyes do not hurt like they did immediately last night, but they are still very red, and very swollen.

Any ideas? Is there anything over-the-counter that I can get to help this?

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  • I stongly suggest you try an antihistamine and another way to try and get around the problem of shellfish is to wear latex gloves when your fishing or cooking up seafood.I also suffer severely with allergies ie, animals, dustmites etc and I get eczema so badly that I have to bath in very diluted bleach in a bathtub with warm water, sounds shocking I know, but I end up with infections due to severity of eczema.Geri
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    • October 17, 2007
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