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Basil Allergy Symptoms
Should the allergist have given me an Epipen for my new basil allergy? Also, my symptoms came back 3 days after I ate basil. Should I be worried?
Likely unrelated: First basil allergy is likely extremely rare. 2nd allergy to food usually occurs within 2 hrs (up to 10 hrs with red meat) and your reaction after 72 hrs is not from basil . Thus I would look for another culprit. EpiPen should be available if you have had an anaphylactic reaction regardless of what might have caused it. If you did not have one, then EpiPen is not needed . ...Read more
Essentially allergies occur when your immune system goes crazy and decides to has to fight against things it should be ignoring. The immune system of people without allergies simply ignores the pollen in the air or the dander on their cat while an allergic person's immune system creates cells to fight against the pollen or dander. The allergic reaction causes the ...Read more
More likely pine nut: I have seen a fair amount of pesto allergy. Yes, life is sometimes unfair. Usually the problem is the nut. Traditionally pesto is made with pine nut. Commercially walnuts, a more common nut allergen, is used. I have also seen garlic and olive oil allergies. If the problem is truly the basil try substituting cilantro or spinach. Both are good. Bueno appetito. ...Read more
I have hives, with diarrhea, nausea, and the shakes. It's happened once before and the only common denominator is basil. Why? Is that allergy common?
Basal cell: This little cancer is made of cells that closely resemble the basal (bottom) layer of the stack of cells that make up your epidermis, the outer part of your skin. They begin as tiny bumps or ulcers, often with rolled borders and easy-to-see vessels. They seldom spread, but left untreated they'll eventually slowly destroy your face / invade your brain. Good luck with the excision. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was tested by an allergist & found out I'm allergic to basil. I've been avoiding it, but I'm still having allergic reactions. Is it another herb?
Something else: Basil allergy must be extremely rare and thus I do not consider it to be your problem. A positive skin test alone does not indicate necessarily a true allergic reaction. It would be helpful if you can tell us more about the type of reaction you have since it may not even be an allergic one at all. ...Read more
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Delicious: It is a most delicious herb and i, personally, love it as pesto. For alleged health benefits, see:http://www.Herbcompanion.Com/herbal-living/amazing-health-benefits-of-basil.Aspx but recognize that none of these benefits are proven. ...Read more
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