Substance Info: (and synonyms)
Maple tree

Background Info:

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.



Adverse Reactions:


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Allergy reactions: rhinitis, asthma.

Extensive cross-reactivity can be expected among the individual species of the genus (Yman)

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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. It was suggested that Penicillium sp. and Paecilomyces sp. shared cross-reactive antigens that were the significant antigens in the oak chips. The patient likely had hypersensitivity pneumonitis on exposure to Penicillium sp., when he was cutting trees. (Dykewicz 1988 ref.3016 7)

Dykewicz MS, Laufer P, Patterson R, Roberts M, Sommers HM Woodman's disease: hypersensitivity pneumonitis from cutting live trees. J Allergy Clin Immunol 1988;81(2):455-60

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Hayfever, asthma, conjunctivitis. Allergy to pollen from different deciduous trees in Sweden, demonstrated positive results (often in high ranges) in 92 patients were most often found with birch, alder, bog-myrtle, beech and hazel allergens, whereas oak, aspen, linden, elm, sallow, maple and poplar allergens more often gave negative or only weak positive test results. (Eriksson 1978 ref.3255 8)

Eriksson NE Allergy to pollen from different deciduous trees in Sweden. An investigation with skin tests, provocation tests and the RAST in springtime hay fever patients. Allergy 1978;33(6):299-309

Occupational reactions

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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)

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