Exacerbation of asthma related to eucalyptus pollens and to herb infusion containing eucalyptus

Eugenia Galdi, L. Perfetti, G. Calcagno, M. C. Marcotulli, G. Moscato

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Eucalyptus is known as a potential cause of cutaneous diseases due to contact with oil or pollens, and of respiratory allergic diseases due to exposure to pollens. We report the case of a 30-year-old woman with asthma and rhinoconjunctivitis in which symptoms appeared to be exacerbated by Eucalyptus pollens and by ingestion of an infusion containing Eucalyptus. Specific IgE were positive for Eucalyptus pollens and negative for common aeroallergens. Our report shows that Eucalyptus may elicit asthma and rhinitis with an IgE-mediated mechanism both by inhalation of pollens and by ingestion of herb infusions, and suggests that care should be taken in administering herbal medications in asthmatic subjects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-221
Number of pages2
JournalMonaldi Archives for Chest Disease - Cardiac Series
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2003


  • Bronchial asthma
  • Eucalyptus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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