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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 4:26 pm 

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I may get laughed off the board, but I have just been diagnosed with a severe allergy to shellfish - (2 days in hospital after attack - ouch), and I am curious as to whether I can ever go scuba diving again. Am I insane? Do people do this? Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 7:02 pm 

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My first thought was "Hmmm... that's a good question." Most people have to eat the allergen to react, but seafood seems to be a bit trickier with more people than usual reacting to touch and to smell.

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From someone who has NO experience scuba diving, here are some thoughts/questions: When you scuba dive are you covered by a wetsuit? That should take care of most of the risk of skin contact, right? And since you are breathing using the breathing apparatus, that should take care of the breathing in seafood particles, right? So maybe it would be okay....

Sorry about the allergy, by the way!!


Karen, proud Mom of
- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:48 pm 

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Location: Orleans, Ontario

I'd be interested to hear more about that. We have wondered about similar things with our sons allergies.

At first I thought that it could be possible to allow him to fish off the dock at the cottage with the other kids as long as he doesn't touch the fish. Then I heard the story of a fish allergic man who got the hook in his arm or belly or somewhere, went into shock, didn't have his epi and died. So I'm rethinking that one.

We've been to aquariums but make sure he touches nothing but we do not bring him into those fish stores. There's water all over the floor and I can't be sure that we can clean off his shoes before going home and getting protein off before he comes into contact with it. I'm not sure if that's excessive, but we've chosen to err on the side of safety for now. I guess as he gets older things change.


Oldest son 9: allergic to fish and shellfish, pollens, pets, mould and dustmites
Youngest son, 5: allergic to peanuts, nuts, dairy, eggs, sesame, kiwi, asthma, pollens, pets, mould and dustmites

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