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 Post subject: Chamomile Allergy
PostPosted: Sun Oct 29, 2006 11:27 pm 
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Is anyone else allergic to chamomile? My first reaction was anaphylactic. I tried some lotion at Origins--after having some wine, which my doctor said probably exacerbated my reaction.

My hands swelled up, as did my tongue and lips. My nose ran like a faucet. I didn't use my PA son's epi (I should have probably), but I used his liquid benadryl to bathe my tongue in and it worked wonders.

I've had reactions after drinking tea containing chamomile.

My doctor said this allergy is pretty rare. All chamomile allergic people are allergic to ragweed, but not all who are allergic to ragweed are allergic to chamomile.

This was my first serious allergy (aside from environmental). Since developing this allergy, I've also become anaphylactic to shellfish and allergic to sesame.


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I'm allergic to chamomile, ragweed, and echinacea. There are several other herbs/weeds that give me grief.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 12:43 am 
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I think I may have picked that up on the other website board we're on. You were replying to someone else and mentioned the relationship between ragweed and chamomile, and I thought, "Well, I don't have to do that now."

So is echinachea in the same family then? It's not something I take, and it seems you have to be pretty intentional about ingestion.

Chamomile is everywhere--but usually identified (unlike sesame). Makes one fear pedicures/manicures--even getting a haircut. I've had no real problems there yet, though. :)


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 11:32 am 
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Yes. Ragweed and chamomile are related. Mugwort is another plant in the same family and it's one that works a doozy on me. Fortunately, it's not as common these days, unless one's friends are all witchy types who make their own incense and oils and tinctures. Like my friends. ;)

Mums and asters are also in the same family. I react to those on touch, so they get to live unmolested in my yard.

Chamomile does show up in shampoos and other cosmetic products, but it's generally on the label as it's a "desired" herbal/botanical ingredient. As for salons, I can't even step foot in those due to other issues, so I wouldn't know. ;)

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