Puffy eyes: Is fish a potential trigger?

Puffy eyes that occurs after eating fish is a concerning issue that requires assessment by a doctor. Fish are one of the usual causes of food allergy that puts one at risk for anaphylaxis.

Remember that fish allergies are considered lifelong and there is no available cure, but can be treated by avoidance of all seafood products. Puffy eyes might be an indication of anaphylaxis particularly in cases if other symptoms are present.

Why does it occur?

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Puffy eyes generally arise during a severe allergic reaction and can be accompanied by swelling of the lips, tongue and throat.

Puffy eyes generally arise during a severe allergic reaction and can be accompanied by swelling of the lips, tongue and throat.

The puffiness is brought about by inflammation in the soft tissues surrounding the eyes. After fish is consumed, the body wrongly identifies the proteins of fish as a threat and fights it off.

During an allergic reaction, the immune system releases chemicals that trigger the allergy symptoms.

Management of puffy eyes

If the puffy eyes is relatively minor and not accompanied by other symptoms, an antihistamine can be taken to alleviate the symptoms. A first-generation antihistamine can be used to manage reactions from food allergies. These first-generation antihistamines are available in doses that are taken every 4-6 hours and causes drowsiness as a side effect.

The second-generation antihistamines are generally given for prevention of seasonal allergy. These antihistamines are available in 24-hour doses and do not trigger drowsiness.

Am I at risk for a severe reaction?

Anaphylaxis is a severe reaction that triggers the following:

  • Hives
  • Facial swelling
  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Drop in the blood pressure
  • Pale skin
  • Faint rapid heart rate

This severe form of allergic reaction requires immediate care. Bring the individual to the nearest emergency department or call for emergency assistance.

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