The sycamore is classified as Acer pseudoplatanus, red maple as Acer rubrum, sugar maple as Acer saccharum.
Norway maple as Acer platanoides, box elder as Acer negundo.
Family is recognized by its opposite leaves, small, radially symmetrical flowers in loose clusters, and winged fruits. They are widely grown as ornamentals for their foliage and autumn colours. They are also a source of good timber, and of sugar or syrup.
Commonly planted species are sycamore, red maple, sugar maple, and Norway maple.
In a RAST study on patients with seasonal rhinitis, it was found that birch, beech, alder, hazel and oak pollens are most important as causes of springtime hay fever, whereas maple, poplar, elm, sallow and ash allergens more often gave negative or only weak positive test results (Jung 1987 ref.3252 3)
IGE AND IMMUNE:
Allergy reactions: rhinitis, asthma.
Extensive cross-reactivity can be expected among the individual species of the genus (Yman)
A 28-year-old man developed multiple episodes of fever, cough, shortness of breath, and leukocytosis several hours after cutting live oak and maple trees. Fungal cultures of wood chips from oak and maple trees were positive for Penicillium (three species), Paecilomyces sp., Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus sp., and Rhizopus sp. (Dykewicz 1988 ref.3016 2)
Building & construction, carpet manufacturing, wood workers, model builder, paper maker, forestry worker
Occupational allergy to due to ingestion of raw sap in a patient with nut and tree pollen sensitivity (Brinkley)
Unknown or Nil
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