Balsam of Peru Past and Future

Balsam of Peru Past and Future REVIEW Andrew Scheman, MD,* Ella-Marie Rakowski, BS,† Vincent Chou, BS,* Anam Chhatriwala,‡ Jeremy Ross, BS,‡ and Sharon E. Jacob, MD§ Balsam of Peru (BOP) is a well-known contact allergen that is one of the most prevalent in the United States. For some patients allergic to BOP, external avoidance of fragrance is not enough to eliminate their dermatitis. A BOP avoidance diet has been shown to help many of these patients. This article reviews BOP allergens found in food. A special patch test series of allergens found in BOP along with data regarding which foods contain specific BOP constituents makes it possible to design potential targeted, refined, and simplified diets for BOP systemic contact dermatitis. ALSAM OF Peru (BOP), or Myroxylon pereirae,isa thickfluid Hausen et al have identified a large number of potential allergens Bwith a cinnamon-vanillaYlike odor that is secreted from the in BOP and have suggested a special screening series of relevant tree Myroxylon balsamum pereirae. Balsam of Peru is involved allergens to more accurately identify allergy to specific compo- in healing wounds on the tree’s surface where the bark has been nents of BOP. These screening ingredients can be separated into damaged or cut off. Although this http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Dermatitis Wolters Kluwer Health

Balsam of Peru Past and Future

Dermatitis, Volume 24 (4) – Jul 1, 2013

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ISSN
1710-3568
eISSN
2162-5220
DOI
10.1097/DER.0b013e31828afab2
pmid
23857009

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REVIEW Andrew Scheman, MD,* Ella-Marie Rakowski, BS,† Vincent Chou, BS,* Anam Chhatriwala,‡ Jeremy Ross, BS,‡ and Sharon E. Jacob, MD§ Balsam of Peru (BOP) is a well-known contact allergen that is one of the most prevalent in the United States. For some patients allergic to BOP, external avoidance of fragrance is not enough to eliminate their dermatitis. A BOP avoidance diet has been shown to help many of these patients. This article reviews BOP allergens found in food. A special patch test series of allergens found in BOP along with data regarding which foods contain specific BOP constituents makes it possible to design potential targeted, refined, and simplified diets for BOP systemic contact dermatitis. ALSAM OF Peru (BOP), or Myroxylon pereirae,isa thickfluid Hausen et al have identified a large number of potential allergens Bwith a cinnamon-vanillaYlike odor that is secreted from the in BOP and have suggested a special screening series of relevant tree Myroxylon balsamum pereirae. Balsam of Peru is involved allergens to more accurately identify allergy to specific compo- in healing wounds on the tree’s surface where the bark has been nents of BOP. These screening ingredients can be separated into damaged or cut off. Although this

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