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COMPREHENSIVE ALLERGY RESOURCES FOR EVERYONE - THE TOP 14 ALLERGENS AND BEYOND

COMPREHENSIVE ALLERGY RESOURCES FOR EVERYONE - THE TOP 14 ALLERGENS AND BEYOND
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CAMOMILE ALLERGY


Key Allergens

Camomile (chamomile is the American spelling) is a daisy- like plant often used in traditional medicines and teas.

Camomile is in the Asteraceae family of plants which includes marigolds and daisies. The most allergenic plants in this family are lettuce and sunflowers.

Contact reactions linked to camomile have been linked to nobilin (Sweet chamomile) and desacetylmatricarin (German chamomile). Both are sesquiterpene lactones and are commonly used in cosmetics. These are the most likely culprit for any contact reactions to camomile.

Camomile is in the same family of flowers as mugwort and as a result is linked to Celery Mugwort Spice Syndrome, which is similar in it's symptoms as Pollen Food Allergy Syndrome. Instead of being sensitised by Bet v proteins which are PR-10 (pathogenesis-related) proteins this group of foods are all PR-1 linked foods.

Associated Syndromes

You may have Celery Mugwort Spice Syndrome if you suffer from camomile allergy with oral allergy symptoms to 3 or more of the foods mentioned in cross reactivity section.

As a pollen camomile has been known to induce asthma and cause allergic rhinitis and allergic conjunctivitis.

Cross Reactivity

If sensited to mugwort pollen you may have Pollen Food Allergy Syndrome and may also react to celery, carrots, dill, parsley, fennel, coriander, cumin, and sunflower seeds.

Resources

Websites

Science Direct - Sesquiterpene lactones

Allergen Encyclopedia - Camomile

Allergy information for: Camomile (Matricaria chamomilla)

NCCIH - Chamomile

DermNet NZ - Chamomile


Articles and Journals

Severe Airborne Allergic Contact Dermatitis From the Invasive Species Oncosiphon piluliferum (Globe Chamomile), 2021

Asteraceae species as potential environmental factors of allergy, 2019

Anaphylactic reaction to camomile tea, 2018

A survey of plants responsible for causing allergic contact dermatitis in the Amathole District, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 2015

Clinical cross-reactivity between Artemisia vulgaris and Matricaria chamomilla (chamomile), 2001

Anaphylaxis to camomile: clinical features and allergen cross-reactivity, 2000

Allergy to foods in patients monosensitized to Artemisia pollen, 1996

Allergy to natural honeys and camomile tea 1995

Allergic conjunctivitis to chamomile tea, 1990



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