Occupational Asthma Reference

Lemiere C, Cartier A, Lehrer SB, Malo JL, Occupational asthma caused by aromatic herbs, Allergy, 1996;51:647-649,

Keywords: thyme, Canada, rosemary, bay leaf, garlic, challenge, food

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André Cartier, Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada André Cartier

Jean-Luc Malo, Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Jean-Luc Malo

Catherine Lemière, Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Catherine Lemière

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We describe a subject with occupational asthma caused by several aromatic herbs: thyme, rosemary, bay leaf, and garlic. The diagnosis was confirmed by several inhalation challenges in the laboratory. Although immediate skin reactivity was demonstrated to the herbs the subject reacted to by inhalation, RAST showed that garlic was the most potent allergen by weight, the other herbs showing less reactivity. These aromatic herbs, bay leaf, thyme, and rosemary, should be included among agents causing occupational asthma in the food industry

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