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Can you be allergic to beeswax?

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Dr. Martin Ostro
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Yes, contact allergy

Bees wax can cause contact allergy, usually due to a component named propolis or bee glue.
Propolis is derived from tree resins and contains known contact allergens (allergy causing substances) such as cinnamic acid, vanillin, components of balsam of peru. Patch tesing by a dermatologist would clarify which allergens are involved and what to avoid in the future.

In brief: Yes, contact allergy

Bees wax can cause contact allergy, usually due to a component named propolis or bee glue.
Propolis is derived from tree resins and contains known contact allergens (allergy causing substances) such as cinnamic acid, vanillin, components of balsam of peru. Patch tesing by a dermatologist would clarify which allergens are involved and what to avoid in the future.
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Dr. Anlin Xu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Yes

Interesting question.
Just did a quick search. Beeswax is a complex product containing many proteins. There is propolis, "bee glue", usually mixed in commercial beeswax products, that can cause contact allergy. There r also small amount of pollen usually mixed in beeswax. Whether that amount can cause allergy, it is unsure.

In brief: Yes

Interesting question.
Just did a quick search. Beeswax is a complex product containing many proteins. There is propolis, "bee glue", usually mixed in commercial beeswax products, that can cause contact allergy. There r also small amount of pollen usually mixed in beeswax. Whether that amount can cause allergy, it is unsure.
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