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Is a euphorbia allergy a latex allergy?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Question of the week

Delores ibanez et al reported in allergy 59; 1127:2004 an association between latex from the poinsettia (euphorbia pulcherrima) & asthma.
In at least 1 patient skin testing was positive to latex from the poinsettia & natural rubber latex. Inhalation challenges with poinettia extract but not latex rubber triggered asthma. Poinettias & not xmas trees may be the cause of xmas time asthma attacks!

In brief: Question of the week

Delores ibanez et al reported in allergy 59; 1127:2004 an association between latex from the poinsettia (euphorbia pulcherrima) & asthma.
In at least 1 patient skin testing was positive to latex from the poinsettia & natural rubber latex. Inhalation challenges with poinettia extract but not latex rubber triggered asthma. Poinettias & not xmas trees may be the cause of xmas time asthma attacks!
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: No

Euphorbia is a low maintenance plant which produces a white sap which animals do not like, and so it can grow without interference from rabbits, deer and other nuisance critters.
It can be very irritating to humans, producing a rash which is a type of contact dermatitis, rather than an allergy per se. Latex allergy is different.

In brief: No

Euphorbia is a low maintenance plant which produces a white sap which animals do not like, and so it can grow without interference from rabbits, deer and other nuisance critters.
It can be very irritating to humans, producing a rash which is a type of contact dermatitis, rather than an allergy per se. Latex allergy is different.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine

In brief: Euphorbia & latex

"latex" is defined as "… milky liquid in certain plants, as milkweeds, euphorbias, poppies, or the plants yielding india rubber, that coagulates on exposure to air." thus allergy to euphorbia is a latex allergy.

In brief: Euphorbia & latex

"latex" is defined as "… milky liquid in certain plants, as milkweeds, euphorbias, poppies, or the plants yielding india rubber, that coagulates on exposure to air." thus allergy to euphorbia is a latex allergy.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine

In brief: It is a plant

Known as "the crown of thorns" there may be a cross reactivity but I am not aware of one.

In brief: It is a plant

Known as "the crown of thorns" there may be a cross reactivity but I am not aware of one.
Dr. Robert Greer
Dr. Robert Greer
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