Agent Name

Allergens, flowers

Major Category

Biological Agents

Category

Plant-Derived Allergens

Comments

Occupational asthma documented: Limonium tataricum--floral worker; Decorative flowers--floral worker; Spathe flowers--floral worker; Baby's breath (Gypsophila paniculata)--florist; Cyclamen (flowering plants)--florists; Roses--rose grower; Bells of Ireland (Molucella laevis)--grower; [Malo] Occupational contact urticaria documented: Chrysanthemum; Lilies (Lilium longiflorum); Limonium trataricum (dried flowers); Spathe flower (Spathiphyllum wallisii); Tulips; Verbena; Yucca; Gerbera-Barberton daisy; Baby's breath; Lime flowers; Madagascar jasmine; Poinsettia; Christmas cactus; [Kanerva, p. 222] Allergic contact dermatitis is the most common allergy in tulip handlers. Chrysanthemum also cause allergic contact dermatitis in florists. [Marks, p. 262, 321]

Adverse Effects
Skin Sensitizer

Yes

Asthma

Yes

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