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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 2:19 pm 

Joined: Tue Nov 30, 2010 10:30 am
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I was wondering if anyone knew whether or not a person with a latex allergy can still buy poinsettias. I have a latex allergy and have had no problem with poinsettias before. But was reading online yesterday and came across somethings on the internet that said to stay away from poinsettias and other things that said there was no problems. So I'm slighty confused.

This is my first post. Thank you for you help.

PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 5:24 pm 

Joined: Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:49 am
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Location: USA
I'm not an expert, but through web research this is what I found.

Poinsettia is part of the Euphorbiaceae family, the same as the Brazilian Rubber Tree, where latex comes from. They contain several of the same proteins.

I did have a co-worker who was allergic to latex and had a reaction to Poinsettia. Thats how she found out she was allergic to Poinsettias. I can't be around either for very long or my face turns pale. But, I don't go into Anaphylaxis shock. "Poinsettia and Latex allergy" is the search terms I used. Hope this helps. :D

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 7:50 pm 
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Yep, Allergic Veg is right. If you're latex allergic, most allergists will suggest you avoid the poinsettas.

In their study, they found that two proteins found in poinsettias correspond to proteins also found in natural latex. By mixing blood of latex-sensitive subjects with extracts of the poinsettia plant, 40% of latex-sensitive blood samples showed an allergic reaction, reports Ranta.

Bottom-line message: Be cautious around poinsettia plants if you have a latex allergy.

See: ... oinsettias

Though the risk of a serious reaxn is not high: ... ExpertID=4

Allergic to soy, peanut, shellfish, penicillin

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