Crab vs. Crabcakes

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mmmk
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   Posted 10/6/2014 12:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Years ago after eating crabcakes my husband had a severe allergic reaction and was told not to eat crustaceans. Sometimes I would find out after we had eaten something that it actually contained shrimp, but he never had a reaction to that.

Recently, he went to an allergist who tested him and showed that he was no longer allergic but only tested him using shrimp. However, he's eaten crab on a regular basis and been fine (we live in Vegas so tons of all-you-can-eat crab legs for him). But now he had a crabcake and had another severe reaction.

Is there some unusual ingredient specifically in crabcakes that might cause the reaction? Is the way the crab is prepared for crabcakes different than other preparations? We can't figure out why that is the only thing that causes a reaction while binging on crab has no effect.

Alcie
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   Posted 10/6/2014 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
mmmk, welcome to the forum.

What sort of reaction was it? "True allergy" reaction with hives, throat closing, itching? Or was it an "intolerance-type reaction" with stomach upset or headache?

Intolerances can't be tested except with eating small portions in the doctor's office.

There are all sorts of things in crabcakes. Recipes vary widely, so I can't imagine what it could be. I'd certainly avoid them! One recipe I know of calls for peanut oil. You could ask the restaurant for a list of ingredients.

He's got an allergy to something. Has he ever reacted to anything else?

kazbern
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   Posted 10/6/2014 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
A lot of restaurants say they're serving crab but they're really serving a crab substitute, most of which are made from other kinds of fish. I think more research is needed.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crab_stick
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mmmk
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   Posted 10/6/2014 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   
He did react with hives, itching, throat starting to close up, and, during the first incident, major swelling in his face. This time there was only minor swelling.

It's so strange that this only happens with crabcakes, and of course we'll check with the allergist, but these days it seems that if we don't come in with our own diagnosis, the doctor can't figure out what's wrong.

Unfortunately the first incident was at a country club that has changed chefs about six times since then, and the second was from a wedding caterer so it's difficult to get in touch with the right person. We'll definitely check on the imitation crab since he has had some itching when eating it without a severe reaction.

Alcie
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   Posted 10/6/2014 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, it sounds like a "true" allergic reaction. (to this non-doctor)

Processed food can have uncountable ingredients. Has he ever reacted to anything else?

Has the allergist said anything about carrying an Epi-pen? At least have Benedryl and Alevert with you at all times. You can take both. They work differently. Advice from non-doctor, so ask your real doctor!

Mordin_Solus
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   Posted 10/20/2014 2:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Can you ask the restaurant (or the place you were eating at) for a crabcake recipe? Was it the same place? I'd be willing to agree with kazbern that it's simply crab meat with additions. Maybe your husband is allergic to some particular kind of fish? Maybe the crabcake is made of crab meat plus some fish stuff?
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