Am I allergic to Patagonian toothfish?
July 12, 2012 4:39 AM Subscribe
Is it possible to be allergic to just one specific type of fish? Is this even an allergic reaction? NSFLunch details inside.
posted by Grither to Food & Drink (12 answers total)
So I made the mistake of trying someone else's fish dish last night, since I had forgotten she had ordered the Chilean sea bass. Every time I eat this fish, I end up in the bathroom in the middle of the night. Fortunately last night I had only had one bite, so previously eaten foods were only coming out furiously from one end of my digestive tract (the proper one). Before I realized what caused this, I had eaten full servings of Chilean sea bass, and that leads to some very unpleasant dual action in the middle of the night.
Anyway, I have assumed it is because I'm allergic to Chilean sea bass. I am totally fine eating all other fish and shellfish, raw and cooked. And I have no other food allergies that I'm aware of. I'm pretty certain it's not food poisoning, because it consistently happens with this one type of fish (and one time was at a wedding, where half of the 200+ people had the same dish and no one else was sick from it).
So is this a thing that is possible? I have googled to no avail (though my google skills are pretty terrible). And is my reaction (which sounds more like food poisoning to me) actually an allergic reaction? And for the bonus round: Is there another type of fish that is very closely related to the Patagonian toothfish that I should maybe avoid?