Inspired by the Food Allergy Fun graph of responses that Tiffany gets when she tells people her child has a food allergy, I made my own graph. These are the typical responses that I, as an adult, get when I tell people about my shellfish allergy & try to give a brief description of the dangers of cross-contamination.
This is what I hear all the time.
Click the graph above for the full-sized image.
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Just saw a cool tweet this morning, linking to an article from Food Allergy Buzz called Shellfish Allergies at the Beach. It excites me because 95% of the time I see a food allergy related article, it involved peanuts or wheat/gluten, and the other 4% of the time it’s tree nuts or lactose intolerance.
Basically, it’s asking those of us afflicted about our beach fears. I hope it sparks some discussion, and I’d like to find more of us out there!
I had never really thought about the possibility of swallowing a brine shrimp while in the ocean or being pinched by a crab and what might happen… Heh. I know I have handled hermit crabs without incident, and even went crab fishing when I was younger with no issues… I just can’t eat the things.
My issues with going to the beach (besides being a bit overweight and a pasty/chalky white under my T-shirt line) mainly revolve around finding places to eat that don’t serve some kind of shrimp, crab, lobster, oyster, clam, mussel, or calamari dish. It’s damn near impossible… whether it’s a bar, a road-side or boardwalk stand, or (of course) fine dining… it’s inescapable.
Anxiety over potential cross-contamination is a normal issue for me, but it goes up to 11 at the beach.
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