Allergic to shellfish, need iodine scan

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Registered: 12-22-2006
Allergic to shellfish, need iodine scan
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Mon, 08-02-2010 - 9:05pm

Hi,

My endo wants me to have a radioactive iodine thyroid scan. I'm allergic to shellfish so I'm a little nervous about it. He said it should be fine. I'm just wondering if anyone with a shellfish allergy has had one and how it went.

Thanks! :)

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-20-2003
Tue, 08-03-2010 - 10:05pm

Hi gozround,


Welcome to our board.


I've had the scan several times but as far as I know, I'm not allergic to shellfish.

 

Calley7

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-30-2006
Wed, 08-04-2010 - 7:36pm
My personal experience...I'm allergic to shellfish and broke out into hives right away after the scan. From now on if I need a scan, I tell them I cannot have the dye.
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Registered: 02-12-2008
Wed, 08-04-2010 - 9:26pm
My friend is extremely allergic to shellfish and she is fine with iodine. I guess it may matter as to why you are allergic to shellfish, i.e. if it's the iodine or something else about shellfish.
iVillage Member
Registered: 12-22-2006
Wed, 08-04-2010 - 11:02pm

Thanks for the replies!

I told the scheduler when I called about my allergy and she said she'd check with a tech. My doctor said the amount of iodine in the pill is so small it shouldn't matter...I just don't know if I'm allergic to the iodine or something else in shellfish. I may see if I can take Benadryl or something before the scan.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-22-2006
Thu, 08-19-2010 - 11:15am

Touching base with an update: I had the scan and had no problems with the radioactive iodine. :) I should be hearing about the results in a couple of days.

Thanks for all your feedback and support!

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-20-2003
Fri, 08-20-2010 - 9:17pm
Thanks for letting us know.
 

Calley7