With the use of fish oil supplements becoming more prevalent, people with fish or shellfish allergies are often left wondering whether they will be able to use a fish oil supplement. These supplements can be a great source of Omega 3’s which are difficult for them to come by otherwise.

The answer depends greatly on your specific allergy and also the quality of the fish oil you are planning to consume. Allergies are your body responding to a specific protein by releasing certain chemicals called histamines. So just because you are allergic to fish may not mean you are allergic to fish oil. In addition, some fish oil manufacturers claim to have protein-free fish oil due to special processing techniques.

The bottom line is to check with a medical professional, especially if your allergies are severe. He or she can give you a definitive answer so you don’t have to worry about breaking out in a rash 20 minutes after taking some fish oil.