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Basil Allergy Symptoms
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
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
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?
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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
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
Progesterone: You may want to check the Mayo Clinic's website on this topic out: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/basal-body-temperature/basics/what-you-can-expect/prc-20019978 The ovary produces progesterone after ovulation, which is responsible for a sharp rise in body temp. Taking her temperature every morning enables a woman to determine, if and when she ovulated. ...Read more
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
Food flavoring: Basil, mint, and other spices add flavor to food as well as life; enjoy them! ...Read more
Dry it: Holy basil, also known as tulsi, makes a great tea. Dry it, then steep it in boiling water for seven to ten minutes. ...Read more