Allergic reaction to reheated seafood?

@dizzblnd (3073)
United States
September 4, 2008 12:54pm CST
Last night we went to Fishbones, a sushi bar/ seafood restaurant. I had a dish with several kids of seafood (I am not allergic to this seafood, I eat it all the time, no problems.) I had no reactions last night. This afternoon I came home from work for lunch, reheated the leftovers and ate that for lunch. Less than an hour later, my face and upper body are bright red, and hot. Hives are starting. I took Benydryl, but if that doesn't work I WILL go to the hospital. One of my co-workers said that some people can not eat reheated seafood (which I have had before) because it can cause the allergic reaction I appear to be having. She had to be hospitalized to get her reaction under control. I have never heard of such a thing and wondered if any of you have or if you have experienced this or know someone who has.
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@gemini_rose (16193)
4 Sep 08
Oh wow it is funny that you should start this discussion. Last Saturday I had a chinese takeaway and I had a mixed sweet and sour dish, it is way too much to eat in one go so I saved the rest until the next day, sunday and reheated it and had it for my tea. I have done this loads of times. Well that had seafood in it, and then on Monday I did not feel well I had a really bad tummy ache and then later on I started out with a rash on my arm that keeps irritating me, and it has slowly spread to my chest and my legs. I did wonder if it was linked to the prawns but then thought that it has been too long for it to be that, but I cannot think of anything else it could be down too. I have already decided that I am NEVER reheating anything again! I hope it clears up for you though soon.
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@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
5 Sep 08
Very scary stuff huh? Thank you for sharing your experience. At least now we know. Thankfully it wasn't serious for either of us. I know I will NEVER reheat shellfish again. It cleared up about an 1 1/2 hour after I took the Benydryl.
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@gemini_rose (16193)
5 Sep 08
When you mentioned benadryl I remembered I had some in the cupboard and took some too, I always forget that I can use it! SO far I my rash has gone, but still have a dicky tummy! Hows your weather doing at the minute?
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@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
5 Sep 08
Its as black as night outside and Hanna has not even come ashore yet. She is predicted to miss us and hit in the Carolinas, but I am not sure it is going to make the north turn as expected. I am more concerned about Ike, right beind her that is expected to directly impact Florida the middle of next week as a Cat 2 hurricane. I will keep you posted
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
4 Sep 08
Sorry never have. I hope you feel better soon, and that you're ok. You'll have to let us know what happens.
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@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
5 Sep 08
Thanks for your concern. I am ok now. It took about an 1 1/2 hours for the benydryl to kick in. Luckily, That was as bad as it got. Takemy advice, NEVER REHEAT SHELLFISH!
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
5 Sep 08
I really don't care for seafood. I live by one of the most poluted lakes, although it is much cleaner now than yesteryears, I just do not like to think about eating that. It just is kinda icky. Glad you're better!
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@AmbiePam (48653)
• United States
16 Sep 08
That is really weird. I know up until my dad was fifty he could eat seafood until his heart was content. Then one day when he was in Chicago for a conference, his face swelled up after he ate shrimp. He went back to the hotel, and eventually took some Benadryl. His friends made him go to the ER. After that he has flareups for any kind of fish or seafood, and even if something on his place came in brief contact with something fishy, his face and hands swell up. His doctor told him he needs to carry one of those Epipens. Fifty years nothing, and the last three years have been fishy and seafood no-nos.
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@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
16 Sep 08
Very odd! I guess as you get older your body chemistry changes. This is probably why children can outgrow certain ailments. Our bodies are very weird indeed. Thank you for sharing his experience with me. I might just carry Benadryl around at all times in case I am spontaneously allergic to other stuff.
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@howard96h (11659)
• New York, New York
4 Sep 08
Hi my friend, I don't know about reheating the seafood but please be careful, if the swelling doesn't go down please go to the ER and they will give you a shot.
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@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
5 Sep 08
Thnak you Howard. What I described in my original post was as bad as it got. Thank God for Benydryl! I appreciate your concern
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@msedge (4012)
• United States
17 Sep 08
It maybe happen and your co worker was right.But i never heard like this before.Do not wait until it gets worst.You have to consult a doctor about this.
@olivemai (4738)
• United States
16 Sep 08
Maybe it had something to do with the microwave? I know chemicals leach into your food if you reheat using plastic of almost any kind! I hope you are better now!
@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
16 Sep 08
I am fine now. Thank you I didn't reheat it in plastic. I think it was a high concentration on iodine that was in the shells (with meat in them) I thin your right in that the microwave had "superheated" it all. All I know, is I WON'T be doing that again, it scared the hell outta me!
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
16 Sep 08
I have to be so careful of so many things!