Scientific publications

The role of lipid transfer proteins in the almond tree and almond fruit as contact and airborne allergens

Jan 1, 2009 | Magazine: Journal of Investigational Allergology and Clínical Immunology

S Garrido-Fernández (1), BE Garcia (2), ML Sanz (3), S Ariz (3), AI Tabar (2)

The almond, which is a member of the Rosaceae family, is the fruit of the almond tree (Prunus dulcis).

It has a hard endocarp that contains a seed covered by a rough, brownish skin. Unlike other prunoid fruits, which have an edible mesocarp and an outer skin known as the epicarp, the almond fruit has an epicarp and a mesocarp that are diffi cult to separate and have no nutritional or commercial value.

We report the case of a 17-year-old atopic patient referred for consultation due to eyelid angioedema and rash in exposed areas related to exposure to or contact with almond tree leaves and almond fruit epicarp/mesocarp on the family farm.

CITATION  J Investig Allergol Clin Immunol. 2009;19(1):61-3