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Can I Go Fishing, Swimming, Or Boating With A Fish Allergy?

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Question
If I have a fish allergy, is it safe for me to go fishing, swim in a lake, or ride in a boat?Β 
Answer

Yes, you can ride in a boat and swim in a lake if you have a fish allergy. There will not be significant exposure on your skin to fish allergens to trigger an allergic reaction.

For fishing, gloves made of nitrile can help to prevent exposure to fish allergens on your skin. If the exposure cannot be avoided, these types of gloves can help protect you from fish allergens while handling bait and fish.

The main issue with a fish allergy is to avoid eating fish, especially the type of fish that you are allergic to such as cod, tuna, and/or salmon. Remember to always have your epinephrine with you while on the water.

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Fish Allergy
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John M. James, MD, is a board-certified allergist. He is also President of Food Allergy Consulting and Education Services, LLC. He has worked as a medical specialist in the field of allergy, asthma, and immunology for over 30 years. Dr. James received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee. He is board certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

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