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Should the allergist have given me an Epipen (epinephrine) for my new basil allergy? Also, my symptoms came back 3 days after I ate basil. Should I be worried?

Should the allergist have given me an Epipen (epinephrine) 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 (epinephrine) 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 (epinephrine) is not needed . ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Pesto and basil allergy? Has anyone heard of it?

Pesto and basil allergy?  Has anyone heard of it?

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

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What is the definition or description of: basil allergy?

What is the definition or description of: basil allergy?

Reactions on expos.: If you have an allergy to anything added to food you may develop vomiting, rash, and hives. This could be immediate or a late reaction after many hours. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Yes: People who are allergic to tree pollen (or other things) can have a cross-reaction to basil. Your symptoms are pretty consistent with that. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of basil cell carcinoma?

Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of basil cell carcinoma?

See below: Basal cell carcinomas usually occur in sun exposed areas and present as a nodule or non-healing ulcer. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/basal-cell-carcinoma/ds00925. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of basil cell carcinoma? Why is called basil cell anyway?

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 more

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Could it be harmful to smoke basil leaves?

Could it be harmful to smoke basil leaves?

Don't smoke period: Are you talking about inhaling a burning substance, or cooking it in a smoker like "smoked salmon" ;-) ? Any kind of smoke that is inhaled into your lungs can be expected to be harmful. Don't smoke anything! ...Read more

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Do you know what are the health benefits of basil?

Do you know what are the health benefits of basil?

Herbcompanion.com: States that eugenol, a volatile oil in basil has anti-inflammatory & antioxidant properties & the plant has beneficial flavonoids. It allegedly is beneficial in constipation, stomach cramps, & indigestion as well as a number of respiratory problems. It is a good source of vitamin a & magnesium. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Basil Allergy (Definition)

If you have an allergy to anything added to food you may develop vomiting, rash, and hives. This could be immediate or a late ...Read more