Sometimes a kiss is not just a kiss, if you have food allergies.
A 20-year-old woman with shellfish allergies went into severe anaphylactic shock after kissing her boyfriend, who had just eaten a few shrimp, doctors reported on last week.
Experts from the Mao Clinic in Minnesota say it is important to warn susceptible patients that food does not actually have to be eaten to trigger an allergic reaction.
Touching the offending food and kissing or touching someone who has recently eaten the food can be enough to cause a major reaction.
Writing in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, doctors reported that the woman had a severe reaction--her throat swelled up and she had cramps and nausea. A quick trip to the emergency room saved her life.
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