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Oyster sauce reaction

By August 16, 2010 - 6:34pm
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Every time I eat oyster sauce I become light headed, tired, head rush, weak.
sleepy. Should this be a great concern.
Thank you, Dee

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It's funny I experience the same symptoms after eating oyster sauce - light headed, weak, sleepy and even numbness on the face and arms. These symptoms do not occur when I eat other mollusks or crustaceans, only oyster sauce or a fair amount of raw oysters. What is specific to oysters that cause this reaction?


April 13, 2017 - 4:59pm
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Hi Dolores - What you're describing sounds like a food allergy, which is an adverse or abnormal reaction to a food or a food additive. The type of reactions people with food allergies have include:

* Gurgling stomach
* Stomach cramps, pain
* Nausea
* Vomiting
* Diarrhea
* Skin rash, especially hives
* Skin itching
* Cough
* Wheezing
* Shortness of breath
* Swelling in lips, mouth, tongue, throat
* Nasal congestion
* Severe drop in blood pressure

About two percent of the population is allergic to shellfish, which fall into two categories: crustaceans (shrimp, crab and lobster) and mollusks (oysters, squid, octopus, scallops and mussels.) Since you seem to have a reaction to oysters you may also want to avoid the other mollusks, and even crustaceans.

You can learn more about food allergies here: https://www.empowher.com/condition/food-allergies/experts

Let us know if this has helped you.

August 17, 2010 - 5:13pm
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