The Fishy Headache

Posted by on Dec. 04, 2012

Seafood is any form of sea life that humans consider as food. As seafood is quite delicious and nutritious, it’s great for the diet. However, seafood can also trigger that throbbing pain in your head.

Headaches are triggered by certain types of seafood because of the toxins they contain or because of exposure to unhealthy chemicals. When these elements enter the body via the food, it can cause food poisoning, which in turn causes a very common symptom: the headache.

Examples of headaches triggered by seafood include ciguatera poisoning, which comes from eating fish with dinoflagellates; scombrotoxic poisoning, which occurs when there’s a histamine buildup in the fish because of bacteria contamination; and shellfish poisoning, which mostly occurs in warm waters and when there is red tide. Those substances or microorganisms that cause the headaches are not susceptible to heat, so cooking the food will not protect you from their effects.

In addition to the aforementioned causes, allergic reactions from various types of seafood can also cause headaches.

If you are or if you suspect that you are experiencing an allergic reaction or food poisoning, it is best to seek immediate medical attention or call the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. Food poisoning and severe allergic reactions may prove to be fatal if left untreated.

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