Opuntia tuna - tuna.
Opuntia ficus-indica - Indian/ barbary fig.
Plants are characterised by flat-jointed stems covered with glochids (small clusters of stiff hairs) and usually spines. Flowers, commonly yellow, develop into warty, pear-shaped edible fruits. The above-mentioned species originated in subtropical and tropical areas of the Americas, and have been naturalised in tropical regions throughout the world. In some countries, particularly Australia, prickly pears have become pests.
IGE AND IMMUNE:
Reactions appear to be rare.
Rhinitis, "osmylogenic" asthma. (Vargas 1989 ref.1154 6)
Sabra dermatitis. (Shanon 1965 ref.1156 4)
Anti-hyperglycemic effect (Roman-Ramos 1995 ref.6804 2)
Most common problem is from contact with the barbed bristles, which results in an intense pruritis, involving the area of contact, by implantation of the glochids. Has been documented to have caused keratoconjunctivitis and dermatitis. (Whiting 1975 ref.1155 6)
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