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Fish Allergy

Fish Allergy

What are Fish Allergies?

Fish allergy is one of the most common food allergies, especially in adults. Fish can be incorporated into processed foods in powder, oil, or raw form.  Luckily though, fish is rarely a hidden ingredient in other foods - in most cases, this fish ingredient will be clearly labeled. One exception is that sometimes fish allergens are not clearly indicated if the ingredient is a fish oil.

When dealing with a fish allergy, cross-reactivity is common - this means that someone who has had an allergic reaction to one species of fish is rather likely to be allergic to at least one other species.  However, recent research indicates that you may still be able to safely consume some fish species.  This technicality is a matter you should discuss with your NYC doctor at our asthma and allergy clinic.

For complete safety, it is recommended that fish-allergic individuals try to avoid all types of fish.


Different Types of Fish:

  • Anchovies
  • Bass
  • Carp
  • Catfish
  • Cod or codfish
  • Flounder
  • Grouper
  • Haddock
  • Halibut
  • Herring
  • Mackerel
  • Mahi mahi
  • Monkfish
  • Orange roughy
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Salmon
  • Snapper
  • Sole
  • Swordfish
  • Tilapia
  • Trout
  • Tuna
  • Whitefish

Foods that Could Contain Fish:

  • Any food prepared at a seafood restaurant (likely to have cross-contact)
  • Caesar salad dressing
  • Worcestershire sauce


If you need help with your fish allergy, the associates and specialists @ the NY Allergy & Sinus Centers are here to help.  Our doctors can find relief for your respiratory allergies, nasal & sinus problems, ear, nose, and throat (ENT) conditions, skin problems, and asthma. NYASC has access to the latest treatments & testing, and we offer convenient clinics throughout the NYC metropolitan area: Murray Hill, Midtown, Upper West Side, Chelsea, and Queens.  For more info, call NY Allergy & Sinus Centers today @ 212-686-4448.


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