Aniseed allergy T78.4

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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Allergy Information for aniseed; Allergy to Anise, Allergy to Aniseed; Allergy to aniseed; Aniseed allergy

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Anisi fructus, the aniseed fruit, is the official ingredient of Pimpinella anisum of the aniseed plant. The plant belongs to the Umbellifereae family, which also includes coriander, fennel, parsley and dill. Aniseed is widely used in liqueurs. Sweets, bakery products, puddings.

Allergic reactions to aniseed seem to be rather rare. Rhinoconjunctivitis and gastrointestinal symptoms have been reported (García-González JJ et al. 2002) after consumption of products containing aniseed; occasionally, angioedema of the mucous membranes has also been reported (Gázquez García V et al. 2007). Cross-reactions seem to have a certain clinical relevance. For example, aniseed shows an allergenic relationship to carrots and celery (Jäger L 2001). In the case of the "celery pollen allergy", IgE antibodies against aniseed could also be detected in 50% (Stäger et al. 1987).

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020