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Should people with shellfish allergies avoid sea kelp and ...

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Should people with shellfish allergies avoid sea kelp and kelp products? How am I to supplement iodine? Will glucosamine-chondroitin trigger allergic reactions?
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Here is an overview from the Mayo Clinic.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/shellfish-allergy/DS00987

One of the biggest problems with shellfish allergic people is getting products that are contaminated with shellfish. Although in theory, the kelp and chondroitin should be all right to use with your allergy, there are risk factors involved.

Fortunately, Iodine requires very little supplementation and that can be gotten through the use of iodized table salt in normal amounts used to season your food.

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Customer: replied 9 years ago.
There are risks associated with the ingestion of any sort of supplement. It would have been more helpful if I could have been provided with specifics that address the risk (if any) associated with a person that has a shellfish allergy ingesting sea kelp (which contains iodine) and the gluco/chond cartilage supplement.
There are NO studies indexed in the National Library of Medicine which mention the issue of shellfish allergy and kelp.

On the issue of shrimp derived glucosamine - this article would suggest that there is not a problem with shrimp allergic patients.
Do shrimp-allergic individuals tolerate shrimp-derived glucosamine?