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Allergy to smoked salmon but not regular salmon?

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abigboydidit Sat 01-Dec-12 22:05:24

DS has dairy & egg allergy and is 18 months old. He has happily eaten salmon fish cakes before so today I let him have some of the smoked salmon I was cutting up. I hadn't touched any other possible allergens so didn't think anything of it. After a few minutes I noticed he seemed slightly blotchy and that the area under his eyes was a bit pink. It worsened over the next 30 mins or though but he didn't come out in hives (his typical reaction). We gave him Piriton before it worsened and it quickly eased.

So.. Is smoked salmon very different to the regular stuff? I have never tried him with shellfish and am now wondering if I should hold off. Any thoughts or experiences would be welcomed. Thanks!

OldLadyKnowsNothing Sun 02-Dec-12 00:56:02

I don't have food allergies, but do have intolerances, one of which is egg white. (Another is oily fish like salmon. sad )

I have found that while I cannot eat eg boiled, fried or scrambled egg white, I'm fine with whole egg in cakes and so on, and have come to the conclusion that it has something to do with the cooking method.

Smoked salmon is raw, salmon in fishcakes is cooked. Could this be the difference?

Toddy Sun 02-Dec-12 09:08:05

my oh is a fishmonger and says there is a type of raw fish food poisoning type reaction that looks like allergy, and this could be the prob. itdoesnt necessarily mean a prob with the smoked salmon but it could be off, or you LO could just be too sensitive at this young age to the rawness.

eragon Sun 02-Dec-12 14:11:13

smoked is cooked.

what may be the trouble is that fish can be high in histamine, as can game, as both 'hang' for a while. as cells break down they release histamine and can cause problems for allergic people.
can also be the cause of the dramatic fish food poisoning that some people can have.

some allergic people avoid high histamine foods, but this is very individual. iyswim.

abigboydidit Sun 02-Dec-12 14:16:34

Oh. Thanks for all the feedback everyone. It was very different to his previous allergic reactions but I will avoid in future just in case! I will go look up the histamine issue as that sounds interesting... smile

ClaireOB Wed 05-Dec-12 21:33:16

There is something called Scombroid poisoning due to high levels of histamine in some types of fish as mentioned above

TeddyCan Sat 30-Jan-16 08:10:38

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