Dr. Oz: Here’s What ‘Real Housewife’ Bethenny Frankel Should Do About Her Deadly Fish Allergy

Bethenny Frankel of Real Housewives of New York City recently took to social media after a big allergen scare. The situation happened when Frankel booked an airline ticket and called ahead to inform the airline that she had a deadly fish allergy. They confirmed that the flight would be safe for her, but when the first class in-flight meal was served, lo and behold it was bass. Yes, bass as in fish. 

Frankel’s allergy is a serious one. If she even inhales fish (as in, breaths in an enclosed space like an airplane where fish is being prepared) she could have a life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. This is not the same as a mild food allergy, which may cause hives and sneezing, or a food intolerance, which might cause intestinal discomfort.

Frankel made a good point

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When Bethenny Frankel spoke up on social media about her flying situation, not everyone was supportive. She received some comments from people who thought she was overreacting to the situation when she made the plane turn around. Some comments were obviously from people misinformed about the way allergies work. 

After going into detail about how serious allergies actually work, Frankel made a few very good points as to why the situation was so serious. She wrote “1)I called ahead mult x 2)fish cooked in plane NOT the same as restaurant.3)been allergic since birth to fish NOT shellfish 4)plane didn’t turn bc cabin voted 5)pilot called me out to whole plane 6)airlines should NOT serve airborne allergens. & 7)who the F wants fish on a plane?”

When another person asked if she carries an EpiPen, Frankel responded that she does. In fact, she carries two. This does not, however, mean she wants to risk a life-threatening allergic reaction and need to use one, of course.

Dr. Oz gives Frankel advice

In an interview on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Dr. Oz was asked if he had any advice for Bethenny Frankel and whether she should “just stay in a bubble.” Dr. Oz first mentions that he has already spoken to Frankel personally about the situation, but then goes ahead and shares the information publicly so that the viewers at home can also benefit.

According to Dr. Oz, most allergies can be outgrown over time. He also mentions that new allergies can appear, just as the old ones can go away. Dr. Oz himself used to have a bee allergy, but time and some allergy shots have helped him to overcome it. He also states that Bethenny Frankel should definitely NOT live in a bubble, but highly recommends she try out allergy shots.

What are allergy shots anyways?

According to the Mayo Clinic, allergy shots are a type of immunotherapy that helps your body to build up a resistance to something you are allergic to. The person receives a series of injections at regularly spaced intervals for between three and five years.

The medical website explains that “Allergy shots contain just enough allergens to stimulate your immune system — but not enough to cause a full-blown allergic reaction…Over time, your doctor increases the dose of allergens in each of your allergy shots. This helps get your body used to the allergens (desensitization).”

Do allergy shots really work?

Dr. Oz himself states that he used allergy shots to help rid him of a bee allergy, but many may wonder whether there is any evidence otherwise that they work. According to Very Well Health, allergen shots do work, but not for everyone. It states that research shows some respond very well, while others see very little benefit.