An AAAAI Practice Paper on the topic states that this concern stems from the iodine content in shellfish.
“There is no direct link between shellfish allergy and allergy to iodide. Shellfish allergy is caused by proteins in the food, not iodide,” explains Scott Sicherer, MD, FAAAAI, the author of the practice paper. “There is iodide in table salt, for example, and there is no concern of allergy to such salts.”
Contact Megan Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of the paper or to interview Dr. Sicherer.
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